Ultimate Fighting Champion light-heavyweight title holder Jon “Bones” Jones is caught up in another negative story, this time after fleeing from a car crash.
Jones turned himself into authorities on Monday night in connection with a hit-and-run crash in Albuquerque the day before.
Police said that witnesses said that Jones ran from a crash that hospitalized a pregnant woman but quickly came back to grab “a large handful of cash” from the car.
Jones (21-1) is scheduled to defend his title against Anthony “Rumble” Johnson at UFC 187 in Las Vegas on May 23, headlining one of the promotion’s biggest shows of the year.
Bernalillo County officials said that Jones was booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center Monday and released a while later.
An arrest warrant said Jones faces a charge of leaving the scene of an accident involving death or personal injuries.
The accident occurred in southeastern Albuquerque just before noon Sunday when the driver of a rented SUV ran a red light, police said.
The driver was identified by an off-duty officer as Jones. He fled then returned for the cash before fleeing again.
Police said that they had been unable to reach Jones or his lawyer before he later turned himself in.
Officers found a pipe with marijuana in the SUV, as well as MMA and rental car documents in Jones’s name, according to the police report.
He was arrested in 2012 after crashing his Bentley into a telephone pole in Binghamton, New York and had his driver’s license suspended after being charged with DWI, but was not sent to prison.
Last August, Jones and challenger Daniel Cormier brawled in the lobby of the MGM Grand casino while appearing at a promotional event. Jones was fined $50,000 and ordered to do community service by the Nevada Athletic Commission.
Jones tested positive for metabolites of cocaine five months ago while training for his bout. He was allowed to compete because the test was conducted out of competition, and he beat Cormier at UFC 182.
When the failed drug test became public, Jones publicly apologized for a “mistake” but spent just one day in a drug rehabilitation center before checking himself out.
Jones has defended his belt eight times since becoming the youngest champion in UFC history four years ago.
He lives in New Mexico and works under celebrated trainer Greg Jackson. Jones has two brothers who play in the NFL.
Albuquerque is a hub for MMA fighters who train at Jackson’s gym and take advantage of the city’s high altitude to prepare for bouts.