UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones’ fancy new Bentley he bought last October is fancy no more.
According to TMZ, Jones totaled the Bentley when he crashed it into a pole early this morning in Binghamton, NY. To make matters worse, Jones was then arrested by the Broome County Sheriff on suspicion of DUI.
Jones’ manager Malki Kawa confirmed the news and released the following statement to MMA Fighting.
“I can confirm that Jon Jones was arrested early this morning on suspicion of DUI,” First Round Management’s Malki Kawa said in the statement. “While the facts of this situation are still being gathered and situated, First Round Management fully supports Jon and we are asking for fans and media to respect the privacy of Jon and his family during this time.”
It’s unclear if Jones took a breathalyzer test or what his blood alcohol level was.
TMZ noted that Jones spent a few hours in county jail this morning before being bailed out by his mother.
The good news is Jones walked away from the accident without any serious injuries, so it seems unlikely that the incident will impact his upcoming title defense against Dan Henderson at UFC 151 in September, however that hasn’t been confirmed by the UFC or anyone involved as of yet.
Photo credit: @JonnyBones
Update: So this is an interesting quote to look back on from last month.
“For this fight, I have a goal, I’ve had a goal of being sponsored by Nike for many, many years. Part of our strategy to try and make that happen one day is to not be a billboard, and not just be sponsored by TapouT one week, and Affliction one week, and then MusclePharm next week, and all these random companies,” Jones explained on Friday.
“If you realize, I try to look for relationships with companies, long lasting relationships with companies. So a part of my brand is to keep it clean. Less is more in my opinion.”
“We came up with a strategy to keep it clean and be sponsored by the UFC itself. I’m glad the UFC wanted to work with me as well, and I think that they trust that I’ll never make them look bad. You never have to worry about me with a DWI (driving while under the influence) or doing something crazy,” Jones explained.
“I think I’m a good company guy. The UFC asks me to do anything and I always do it, and I never tell them no for anything. I’ve had to do more marketing than any other fighter because I say no to absolutely nothing. I don’t think most champs are like that.”