Hopefully Jon Jones comes out of this a better man.
The ex-UFC light heavyweight champion pleaded guilty Tuesday in New Mexico District Court to one count of leaving the scene of an accident. Copping the plea allows Jones to avoid jail time, although he will be subject to supervised probation for up to 18 months and must make 72 appearances at charity or youth programs.
Jones, 28, left the scene from a three-vehicle accident this past April in Albuquerque in a crash involving a pregnant woman. The dominating UFC competitor reportedly fled on foot, only returning to his SUV to retrieve something.
Under the conditions of his probation, Jones will be allowed to travel to resume his professional mixed martial arts career.
After the court's ruling, Jones made a statement apologizing.
"I am here to accept full responsibility for what happened and for my actions," Jones said. "I'm really hoping you can give me an opportunity to redeem myself. My actions have caused pain and inconvenience in the lives of others and for that I am truly sorry and I accept full responsibility. I have been working hard during this time away from my sport to grow and mature as a man and to ensure that nothing like this happens again. I have learned a great deal from this situation and I am determined to emerge a better person because of it."
Jones was stripped of his UFC title following the April incident. In January, he also failed a drug test, testing positive for traces of cocaine, and checked into rehab.
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