Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones has been reinstated to the UFC roster, the mixed martial arts promotional company announced today.
Jones was suspended by UFC in April following a hit-and-run incident in Albuquerque, N.M. According to multiple reports, Jones, driving a rented Buick SUV, was in an accident with a car driven by Vanessa Sonnenberg, a 25-year-old pregnant woman. Reports stated that after the accident, Jones left his SUV and the scene on foot.
The UFC stripped him of his title and suspended him indefinitely. His contract with Reebok was also terminated. The former champion had signed a deal with the athletic brand in December 2014, along with UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.
Prior to the accident, Reebok was supportive of Jones throughout his other troubles, including his decision to enter a rehab facility in January after testing positive for cocaine. Jones entered rehab days after defeating current light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, but tested positive for the substance in early December, well before the bout.
“We commend Jon for taking the necessary steps to address this issue, and we will support him in any way we can,” Reebok said in a statement in January. “The status of Jon’s relationship with Reebok has not changed.”
Jones pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an auto accident in New Mexico District Court, according to multiple reports, avoiding jail time. He was sentenced to 18 months’ probation.