UFC Champ suspended, stripped on title : Daniel Cormier Replaces Jon Jones, Faces ‘Rumble’ Johnson for Vacant Title at UFC 187

UFC Champ suspended, stripped on title : Daniel Cormier Replaces Jon Jones, Faces ‘Rumble’ Johnson for Vacant Title at UFC 187

UFC champ Jon Jones stripped of title and suspended indefinitely after alleged hit-and-run . the decision means that Jones will no longer face No 1 contender Anthony Johnson at UFC 187 in Las Vegas on 23 May, which had been billed as one of the sport’s biggest shows of the year.

Instead, No 3 contender Daniel Cormier will face Johnson for the title.

The crash in Albuquerque on Sunday left a pregnant woman with a broken arm, police said.

The UFC announced the extraordinary penalties on Tuesday night for violations of its athlete code of conduct policy following Jones’ arrest.

“Got a lot of soul searching to do,” Jones wrote on Twitter. “Sorry to everyone I’ve let down.”

Jones, 27, made his first court appearance in the case in Albuquerque on Tuesday, after turning himself in to authorities.

He faces a felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident involving death or personal injuries.

Witnesses cited by police said Jones ran from the crash, which sent the pregnant woman to hospital. He quickly came back to grab “a large handful of cash” from the car before allegedly fleeing again.

According to police, a rented SUV ran a red light and hit the car with the mother-to-be, believed to be in her 20s. Jones is believed to be the driver of the SUV, police say.

Officers found a pipe with marijuana in the SUV as well as MMA and rental car documents in Jones’ name, according to a police report.

UFC President Dana White and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta apparently met Jones in Albuquerque before making their decision, which deprives the sport of a major star.

“He’s very disappointed. He’s upset,” White told Fox Sports, the UFC’s official broadcast partner.

Jones – a man once so skinny he gained the nickname “Bones” – is widely considered the world’s best pound-for-pound mixed martial artist. But he has endured legal problems.

Last August, Jones was involved in a brawl in a Nevada casino lobby while appearing at a promotional event.

He was fined $50,000 and ordered to do 40 hours of community service by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

In 2012, Jones was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after he crashed his Bentley into a telephone pole in Binghamton, New York.

He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanour DWI charge and avoided jail time.