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  • UFC releases statement on Jon Jones

    "We are aware that the Albuquerque Police Department is interested in speaking to Jon Jones regarding his possible involvement in a motor vehicle accident. We are in the process of gathering facts and will reserve further comment until more information is available."

    -- UFC statement on Jon Jones



  • Albuquerque PD: UFC champ Jon Jones officially named suspect in hit-and-run accident

    Jon Jones has been named the suspect in a hit-and-run car accident in Albuquerque, N.M., according to Albuquerque Police Department spokesman Simon Drobik.

    A previous report stated that the woman whose car was hit Sunday morning was middle-aged, but she's actually in her 20s and pregnant, the Albuquerque PD stated in a press release Sunday night. The woman was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

    Jones is still wanted for questioning. Police attempted to reach the UFC champion at his Albuquerque home Sunday, but could not get in touch with him, according to the release. The release also stated that the APD reached out to Jones' lawyer, but have not heard back.

    "Yes, he is the suspect and we're hoping that he will contact us to give us his side of the story," Drobik told MMAFighting.com.

    The Albuquerque PD Department is asking Jones to reach out by calling (505) 242-2677.

    Jones is a resident of Albuquerque and trains out of Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA in the New Mexico city.

    Jones is scheduled to defend his title against Anthony Johnson at UFC 187 on May 23 in Las Vegas. Reports surfaced Sunday on Twitter that Jones was out of the fight with Johnson. But Johnson's manager Glenn Robinson told MMAFighting.com on Sunday afternoon that he had not heard anything about the fight being off.

    The 27-year-old champion has had troubles in the past, including a DWI arrest in 2012 and testing positive for cocaine in an out-of-competition drug test in December.

    The UFC released the following statement regarding the incident Sunday night:

    "We are aware that the Albuquerque Police Department is interested in speaking to Jon Jones regarding his possible involvement in a motor vehicle accident. We are in the process of gathering facts and will reserve further comment until more information is available."



  • Albuquerque PD: UFC champion Jon Jones named suspect in hit-and-run accident

    Update: Jon Jones has been named a suspect in the case.

    UFC champion Jon Jones is being sought for questioning in a hit-and-run car accident, an Albuquerque Police Department spokesman told MMAFighting.com on Sunday.

    A woman's car was struck Sunday morning in Albuquerque, N.M., and the offender in the other vehicle fled the scene, per Albuquerque PD spokesman Simon Drobik. The case is currently under investigation and Albuquerque PD would like to speak with Jones regarding the matter. Drobik could not confirm if Jones was a suspect in the incident.

    There is no warrant for Jones' arrest. The police are currently just seeking him for questioning. Albuquerque PD is still attempting to hash out all the details of the case.

    "[We] don't know where he is right now," Drobik said of Jones. "We're trying to figure that out."

    We CANNOT confirm that Jon Jones was involved in a H&R traffic accident from this morning. The investigation is ongoing.

    — Albuquerque Police (@ABQPOLICE) April 26, 2015

    The woman, whose name was withheld by Albuquerque PD, was rushed to the hospital with "non-life threatening injuries," Drobik said.

    Jones is a resident of Albuquerque and trains out of Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA in the New Mexico city.

    Jones is scheduled to defend his title against Anthony Johnson at UFC 187 on May 23 in Las Vegas. Reports surfaced Sunday on Twitter that Jones was out of the fight with Johnson. But Johnson's manager Glenn Robinson told MMAFighting.com on Sunday afternoon that he had not heard anything about the fight being off.



  • For Gian Villante, third time's the 'amazing, amazing' charm when fighting at home

    By last Monday morning, UFC light heavyweight Gian Villante had two black eyes. So unsightly were they that he felt the need to cover them by wearing glasses to help cover them up.

    "I've never had a black eye before, to tell you the truth, from all my fights before," Villante told Ariel Helwani on Monday's The MMA Hour. "I've had scratches here and there. Two of them and I'm so embarrassed. I hate it."

    Of course, Villante might be embarrassed, but he's still on cloud nine. Not only had Villante just notched a win over Corey Anderson at UFC on FOX 15 the previous Saturday, but in so doing, earned Fight of the Night honors. It was arguably the best performance of Villante's career and one that showcased a well-rounded striking ability.

    "I was willing to get punched to land those kicks. Probably landed a little bit too much," he confessed. "He was good. He was a tough guy. At the point where it got later in the fight, I was willing to get punched because I thought it was worth it. I thought he might get stopped because of the leg kicks because I was landing them so frequently in a pretty good spot."

    For the Serra-Longo fighter, though, it's more than just the nice win and extra cash. It was about redemption.

    Villante had fought twice previously in front of his friends and family, but it had gone poorly. Against both Chad Griggs in Strikeforce in 2011 as well as Ovince St. Preux at UFC 159 in April of 2013. Villante lost both fights and, as he puts it, looked boring in one of them, which is just as bad.

    "The last time I was in that ring in that same place, couldn't have went any worse getting poked in the eye and losing a fight. I thought of that going into the right," he said. "I thought of fighting in front of all my friends, family, so close to home. It's a little bit of pressure with that many people there. I'm fighting a guy I thought I was better than and he showed me he was a lot tougher than I gave him credit for. Not that I didn't think he was tough.

    "It was just a tough fight. So many things went into it. So people people there rooting for me and having good people on my time, great coaches they push you through things like that. It's just an amazing, amazing feeling."

    Villante estimates that, along with the rest of his teammates who fought at UFC on FOX 15, they had 500 supporters in attendance, from the assistant principal he had in middle school to wrestling coaches to members of his Italian family.

    That all calls into question what's better for fighting: at home with all the pressure or oversees, like Villante's previous bout in Auckland, New Zealand?

    "Both have their pluses," he notes. "New Zealand, way less pressure. You just go out there and fight. When you win it's not as great because you don't get to go celebrate and embrace everyone after.

    "Before I the fight, I'd say I'd rather fight in New Zealand, but after the fight, I'd say I'd rather fight in Newark or New York or close to home. It was great to see everyone after, have fun and be able to enjoy my victory with them. They enjoyed it just as much as I did."

    And that, Villante claims, is what made it all worth it. It took three tries to get there, but he did it and after it was over, the feeling and moment was beyond compare.

    "This feeling out there was just amazing," Villante noted. "That's why when you're fighting at home, the last time I've done it was those two times. It kinda was a little bit nerve wracking, but getting in there and getting it done, it was all worth it."



  • Mayweather vs. Pacquiao explained: How boxing's mega-fight was made

    On May 2nd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao will meet in one of the most-anticipated boxing fights of all time. Yet, the fight was almost never made. So, in the end, how did it happen? In this short video, we explain the historical events that took place, what it all means, the staggering numbers involved and more.







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