Jones’ reinstatement follows a plea deal reached related his automobile hit-and-run back in April. He was stripped of the belt after pleading guilty to the felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident and received 18 months probation with 72 separate and mandatory acts of community service.
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Jones issued a response on his Facebook page:
I am grateful for the opportunity to resume my career and I am excited to show how much I’ve grown as a person outside of the octagon. It took me losing almost everything I had worked for to realize how much I had. I am blessed and humbled by the continued support of the MMA community and I can’t thank my fans enough for their unwavering support through my ups and downs. This marks the beginning of a new chapter in my life and my career and let me assure you, the best is yet to come.
An official date for Jones return was not announced.
“We’ve made it clear to Jon that this new opportunity to compete in UFC is a privilege and not a right, and that there are significant expectations we have regarding his conduct moving forward,” UFC Chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta said “We’re happy to read and see reports that he has embraced the terms of his plea agreement and is using this experience to grow and develop as a person.”
Jones returns with a different light-heavyweight division. He was scheduled defend the belt against Anthony Johnson before he left, but now Daniel Cormier is the champion, who not only defended against Johnson but recently against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 192.
Cormier has been pubicly adamant for Jones to get things together so that he can defend against him.
It’s a matchup most fans are waiting for as Jones is still acknowledged to be the real champion as he never lost the belt in the octagon.
Everything starts now.