With more lives than a cat, Jon Jones has once again avoided serious consequences following his most recent legal troubles.
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has settled his most recent legal case. Per a report by ESPN, Jones, who was facing a battery charge stemming from an incident at a strip club back in April, has accepted a plea deal that will see him avoid jail time.
The charge was laid after a waitress at TD’s Eubank Showclub in New Mexico accused Jones of forcibly kissing her, slapping her, and other improper behavior. In June, a bench warrant was issued for Jones when he failed to turn up for an initial court hearing. Jones’ spokesperson later told TV Station KRQE that the UFC star was unaware of the hearing as paperwork had been mailed to the wrong address. Jones would post $300 bond, with conditions, and his spokesperson added that the fighter, “and multiple witnesses, stand ready to factually refute the malicious lies being told about him to the public.”
Seems rather than refuting those “lies,” he cut a deal. Per ESPN, Jones entered a plea of no contest to disorderly conduct in the Bernalillo (New Mexico) County Metropolitan Court on Tuesday. The lesser charge netted Jones a 90 day deferred sentence, during which he must “avoid arrest or violating the law, consume no alcohol or drugs, be under unsupervised probation, not return to the scene and pay court fees.”
The plea deal comes as news also emerged that Jones had paid off nearly $1.5 million dollars worth of tax liens, after failing to pay both federal and state taxes at various times between 2014 and 2017.
Jones (25–1, 1NC) last competed at UFC 239 in July, defeating a one-legged Thiago Santos by split decision.