Jon Jones in trouble with the law once again

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No sooner does Jon Jones have his return date to the UFC formally announced, the ex-champion finds himself right back in trouble with the law.

Jon Jones (AP)
Jon Jones (AP)

Jones — who will face Daniel Cormier at UFC 197 on April 23 — will be in an Albuquerque, N.M., court on Wednesday after being cited back on Jan. 31 for driving without a license, registration and proof of insurance.

This comes hot on the heels of Saturday’s announcement by the UFC that he’ll get the opportunity to regain the light heavyweight title he was stripped of last year when he faces Cormier in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand.

Jones and his traffic violations have been a major thorn in the side of the 28-year-old former champion. Jones was stripped of his title and suspended last April in a highly publicized hit-and-run incident that left a 25-year-old pregnant woman with a broken arm as Jones fled the scene. He was given supervised probation but avoided spending time behind bars after reaching a plea agreement.

Prior to that, Jones was involved in an accident when he drove his Bentley Continental GT into a pole in Binghamton, N.Y., back in May 2012. He was arrested for driving under the influence and pled guilty to DUI charges. He also had to pay a $1,000 fine, had his drivers licencse suspended for six months and had to complete a victim impact class. In 2011, he was cited in Albuquerque for driving with a suspended license.

According to a statement sent to MMA Junkie by the public information officer for the court where Jones was sentenced, there has been no formal report filed that Jones has violated his probation. However, as the statement points out, “all defendants being supervised on probation are required generally to not violate any laws.”

It is not known whether this indiscretion will affect his ability to fight on April 23.