UFC light-heavyweight champ Jon Jones was sentenced today for the Driving While Intoxicated charge he incurred in a May 19 incident in Binghamton, N.Y. The sentence handed down by the judge included a $1,000 fine and suspension of his driver's license for a period of six months. Jones will face no jail time. The MMA superstar, who will be taking on Dan Henderson at UFC 151 in September, had previously pleaded guilty.
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In his only official public statement released in July, Jones expressed remorse and regret over the incident. "Mr. Jones wishes to express the following to his fans, friends, and, most of all, his family: By pleading guilty on May 29, Mr. Jones accepted responsibility for his actions. This process has been a learning experience for this young man. He is remorseful for his conduct, but thankful for the opportunity to accept responsibility and to grow as a person. This experience has motivated Mr. Jones to achieve his maximum potential both professionally and personally."
With the DWI on his record, Jones officially joins the ranks of a very elite UFC club — a club whose members have all made poor decisions and suffered severe legal ramifications for them. Other members include:
- Former UFC light-heavyweight champ Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, who literally went on a rampage (of the vehicular variety) and led police on a merry chase through Newport Beach, C.A., before being arrested. Unlike Jones, Jackson avoided wrapping his sweet ride around a telephone pole. He was eventually sentenced to three years of probation.
- Top UFC middleweight contender Chael Sonnen, who engaged in some shady real estate dealings in his home state of Oregon and was soon on the hook for mortgage fraud and money laundering. Sonnen pleaded guilty and was subject to 24 months of probation, a $10,000 fine and forfeiture of his real estate license.
- UFC lightweight competitor Josh Neer, who was arrested for drunk driving after leading police on a high-speed chase through Des Moines, I.A. Neer received a suspended sentence for his joyride because, hey, it's Iowa.
- Former UFC heavyweight competitor Bobby Hoffman, who lost to Josh Barnett at UFC 34, then promptly beat his new bride silly. Hoffman spent a significant amount of time in the pokey for that outburst of domestic violence, and never set foot in the Octagon again.
As a reigning champ at the time of his legal troubles, I guess this sort of makes Jones the leader of the club. Am I right?