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UFC 197 Headliner Still ON: Despite UFC being “disappointed”

It looks like Jon Jones is avoiding additional jail time for this round of legal troubles.

Jones copped a plea deal today that requires him to enroll in anger-management, complete a driver-improvement course and complete 60 additional hours of community service after being pulled over this past Thursday for drag racing, exhibition driving, weaving, failing to properly display his license plate, and modifying his exhaust pipe.

Jones was arrested on Tuesday on the grounds that he violated his probation and held was held in Albuquerque’s Metropolitan Detention Center without bail until his hearing.

What the plea deal didn’t include was a curfew that would prevent him from fighting Daniel Cormier in UFC 197’s pay-per-view headliner, which takes place April 23 at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Here’s the UFC’s full statement:

“UFC respects the decision made today by Judge Michael E. Martinez in New Mexico Second Judicial District Court regarding the probation terms of the case involving Jon Jones.

“The organization was disappointed to learn that Jones was cited for several traffic offenses last week, as well as concerned by the nature and tone of portions of the conversation between Jones and the citing officer.

“Still, UFC respects Jones’ right to contest those traffic citations in court and receive a fair hearing on the matter.

“Jones’ scheduled bout on April 23 will proceed as planned, however, Jones understands that the UFC expects him to fully cooperate with the terms of his probation as set forth by Judge Martinez.”

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