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Jon Jones pleads guilty to DWI, agrees to house arrest and probation

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Jon Jones on Tuesday pleaded guilty to Driving While Intoxication. The charge stems from a March 26 arrest in Albuquerque.

Jones was arrested at 1:01 a.m. after police responded to reports of gunshots and found him in the driver’s seat of his 2019 Jeep with the engine running and the vehicle in park. Jones denied firing a gun, but appeared intoxicated to officers.

The 32-year-old failed a field sobriety test. Later, Jones took two breathalyzers and registered above the legal limit both times.

During a search of the vehicle, police found a black handgun under the driver’s seat and a bottle of Recuerdo (alcohol) behind the passenger seat. He was arrested and booked for aggravated driving while intoxicated, negligent use of a firearms, possession of an open container, and no proof of insurance.

Jones’s plea agreement requires him to serve four days of house arrest, complete 48 hours of community service, pay a $500 fine, complete a 90-day drug treatment outpatient program, install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle he operates, and serve one year of supervised probation.

As first reported by TMZ, the Bernalillo District Attorney’s office issued a statement confirming a plea deal with Jones and stated that any violations of the agreement will result in jail time.

“Jon Jones pleaded guilty to his second DWI. The incident happened on March 26, 2020 outside a downtown Albuquerque nightclub, just two months after his probation ended following an incident at an Albuquerque strip club. Jones took responsibility for his actions early on in the case and in doing so the state agreed to 1 year supervised probation. Normally, the State would be requesting a pre-sentencing report and a recommendation to Substance Recovery Court. However, due to COVID-19, it is not clear the program can accept anyone at this time.

“It is also the reason that we are agreeing to the 4 days on CCP with 90 days for turn-in (the metropolitan jail just reported a new case of COVID-19). Jones is still required to complete a minimum of 90 day outpatient treatment, maximum fines and fees, community service, and all other requirements of reporting to probation. His attorney and Mr. Jones have been made aware that if he fails to do this, the State will seek to impose the balance of any jail time without regard for any exceptional circumstances.”

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson gets new life as Russia allows private flights

Khabib Nurmagomedov - Dana White - Tony Ferguson

Earlier this week, the UFC began looking for a replacement for Khabib Nurmagomedov to face Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 on April 18 after travel restrictions prevented Nurmagomedov from leaving Russia. Nurmagomedov posted on social media that he was continuing to train but expected the fight promotion to move on with our without him. “Currently, I am in Dagestan and I am training and preparing every day,” Nurmagomedov said. “Although I don’t know what am I preparing for because after we came to Russia we also learned that the borders are going to be locked. Same as in the States, the same as in Europe, Emirates, everywhere. The whole world is in quarantine right now. “So now I am hearing that they are looking to organize it with or without me.” With Nurmagomedov on lockdown in Russia, Justin Gaethje was reportedly offered the opportunity to step in and face Ferguson, but on Wednesday, new developments may allow Nurmagomedov to make the April 18 date and face Ferguson as planned. TRENDING > Dana White vows UFC will not lay off any employees: ‘I don’t care how long this lasts!’ It was revealed that even with the travel restrictions in place, private flights from Russia to the U.S. were permitted. “In order for Khabib to be able to fly to the United States in a private jet, the company whose services he intends to use must obtain permission to fly from Russia and to arrive in the United States,” the Federal Air Transport Agency said to local Russian media outlets. “There are no restrictions for business aviation on departure from Russia.” With the event 17 days away, it remains unclear where it will take place or if Nurmagomedov will be on the fight card. 

Khabib Nurmagomedov declares himself out of UFC 249 main event

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Though there appeared to be a glimmer of hope that Khabib Nurmagomedov would be able to leave Russia and keep his fight with Tony Ferguson intact, it now appears that he has resigned himself to the fact that he will not be fighting on April 18.

UFC president Dana White is trying to jump all the necessary hurdles to keep UFC 249 intact in some form or fashion on April 18, reportedly even without Nurmagomedov after Russia closed its borders to international travel. The sliver of hope was that Russia had not yet stopped all private business travel, but that hasn’t persuaded Nurmagomedov to try and travel during the current covid-19 crisis.

Nurmagomedov on Wednesday posted to his Instagram account, saying:

“Staying home in quarantine and reading the reaction of people to the situation around my fight, it turns out that the whole world should be in quarantine, governments of all countries, famous people around the world urge people to follow all safety requirements in order to limit the spread of the disease, to save people, and Khabib is the only one relieved of all obligations and must demonstrate free will and train flying around the world, for the sake of fight? – I understand everything and I’m definitely upset more than you to cancel the fight, probably like all others, I had many plans after the fight, but I can’t control it all.
The greatest countries and the largest companies of our time are shocked by what is happening, every day the situation changes unpredictably.

“But Khabib still has to fight, is that what you saying?

“Take care of yourself and put yourself in my shoes.”

With Nurmagomedov out, UFC officials have focused on revamping the UFC 249 fight card with Justin Gaethje and Dustin Poirier leading candidates to potentially face Ferguson or even each other.

But with restrictions tightening every day, it is going to be difficult for White to get UFC 249 to the finish line on April 18.


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Tony Ferguson reacts to Khabib Nurmagomedov withdrawing from UFC 249

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On Wednesday, lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov released a statement on Instagram stating that he would not be fighting on April 18 against Tony Ferguson. “Staying home in quarantine and reading the reaction of people to the situation around my fight, it turns out that the whole world should be in quarantine, governments of all countries, famous people around the world urge people to follow all safety requirements in order to limit the spread of the disease, to save people, and Khabib is the only one relieved of all obligations and must demonstrate free will and train flying around the world, for the sake of fight? – I understand everything and I’m definitely upset more than you to cancel the fight, probably like all others, I had many plans after the fight, but I can’t control it all. The greatest countries and the largest companies of our time are shocked by what is happening, every day the situation changes unpredictably. But Khabib still has to fight, is that what you saying? Take care of yourself and put yourself in my shoes,” the statement read. Wednesday evening, Furgson reacted to the fight with Nurmagomovedov not happening to ESPN. “I’m more down to fight than anybody, any time, anywhere unless the circumstances are completely different. The fight’s against Khabib. This is the guy. Everybody just wants this fight. I got what he wanted to do. Obviously, he’s here, his family is back home in Dagestan, it is what you’ve to do but he had the opportunity and he did the exact same thing at UFC 209,” said Ferguson. “He knew that he wasn’t cutting weight very good. He said it already that he was having a hard time cutting weight, focusing and doing everything else like that. To me right there, he’s running away. he ran away. He obviously knew what he could do to help save this card. He didn’t want to take any of those chances. Everybody’s taking risks. He bailed out. It’s pretty hard to explain but he bailed out.” TRENDING > Jon Jones pleads guilty to DWI, agrees to house arrest and probation
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