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Jon Jones Stripped of Light Heavyweight Title, Suspended by UFC

This Jan. 3, 2015, file photo shows Jon Jones celebrates after defeating Daniel Cormier during their light heavyweight title mixed martial arts bout in Las Vegas. Albuquerque police were searching for UFC light heavyweight champion Jones on Sunday night, April 26, 2015, in connection with a hit-and-run accident. Police spokesman Officer Simon Drobik said Jones is wanted for questioning about the crash, which occurred earlier in the day. No charges have been filed, but a pregnant woman driving another vehicle was hospitalized with minor injuries. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
This Jan. 3, 2015, file photo shows Jon Jones celebrates after defeating Daniel Cormier during their light heavyweight title mixed martial arts bout in Las Vegas. Albuquerque police were searching for UFC light heavyweight champion Jones on Sunday night, April 26, 2015, in connection with a hit-and-run accident. Police spokesman Officer Simon Drobik said Jones is wanted for questioning about the crash, which occurred earlier in the day. No charges have been filed, but a pregnant woman driving another vehicle was hospitalized with minor injuries. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

 

(ABC News) – UFC stripped light heavyweight champion Jon Jones of his title Tuesday, one day after he turned himself in to police custody on a felony charge in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Jones, 27, is the first champion in UFC history to be stripped of a title due to disciplinary reasons. UFC officials also announced Tuesday that the promotion has indefinitely suspended Jones and pulled him from a scheduled title defense against Anthony Johnson at UFC 187 on May 23 in Las Vegas.

In addition, Reebok terminated Jones’ endorsement contract, effective immediately, Wednesday morning. Jones had lost his deal with Nike after a mutual split in September 2014.

Former title contender Daniel Cormier will replace Jones in the pay-per-view event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena to fight for the now-vacant light heavyweight title.

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