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UFC Suspends Champion Jon Jones

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Tuesday suspended light heavyweight champion Jon Jones days after the fighter was charged with a felony involving a three-car accident.

Jones was suspended indefinitely and stripped of his championship title for violating the organization’s “Athlete Code Of Conduct Policy” after being arrested on a felony charge of leaving the scene of an car accident in Albuquerque, N.M. Sunday night.

Jones was slated to headline the organization’s May 23 UFC 187 pay-per-view event against Anthony Johnson. Daniel Cormier will replace Johnson on the card.

UFC said in a statement: “As a result of the charge and other violations of the Athlete Code of Conduct Policy, the organization believes it is best to allow Jones time to focus on his pending legal matters. UFC feels strongly that its athletes must uphold certain standards both in and out of the Octagon. While there is disappointment in the recent charges, the organization remains supportive of Jones as he works through the legal process.”