UFC star Jon Jones was cited for drag racing in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico, on March 24, according to Albuquerque police.
Jones, 28, received five total citations. according to Albuquerque Police Department spokesman Tanner Tixier. Other citations included equipment modifications, issue with a license plate and failure to maintain a traffic lane. Tixier said he believed Jones was alone at the time of the stop and was driving a white Corvette.
Appearing Monday on the “MMA Hour,” Jones denied he was drag racing.
“I was literally driving down the street here in Albuquerque, I was just coming back from dinner with my teammates,” Jones said. “I freaking pull up to a red light and I had these fans, they like, roll down their window and are trying to get me to roll down my window. I guess I wasn’t in the mood to talk so I revved my engine at them. They start clapping and smiling. The light turns green and I start driving away and literally get pulled over, like, I don’t know, 10 yards. I get pulled over in a 35 mph zone.”
Jones said his exchange with the officer became “heated” after he found out he was being cited for drag racing. Jones was also pulled over and cited in February for driving without a license, registration or proof of insurance. Jones received a 90-day deferred sentence for those citations in a court appearance on March 23.
Originally from New York, Jones is currently under supervised probation as part of a plea agreement he entered into in September. The agreement stemmed from a felony charge of leaving the scene of a crash last April. It is not yet known how the March 24 citations might affect Jones’ probation.
Jones (21-1) is scheduled to challenge current UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 197 on April 23 in Las Vegas. Jones is the former 205-pound champion and already has one win over Cormier.
The UFC released a statement Monday afternoon regarding Jones.
“We are aware of the situation and are looking into the matter,” the UFC said. “We’ve also been in touch with Jon’s team regarding the matter.”
Following his arrest last year, Jones became the first UFC champion in history to be stripped of his title due to disciplinary reasons.
At a UFC news conference earlier this month, Jones claimed he was sober for the first time in his athletic career. In May 2012, Jones was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in New York. He eventually pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor DWI.