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Jon Jones appeared in court this morning, in his inmate orange attire, to face Judge Michael Martinez in his probation violation hearing. Martinez ruled that Jones would be able to fight at UFC 197, but the former light heavyweight champion would have to ask permission to drive for awhile.

It was reported yesterday by MMAFighting, that the District Attorney of Bernalillo County would seek to "have Jones' probation revoked and then reinstated with three new conditions: Jones completes a driver improvement course; he agrees to a curfew; and he enrolls in and completes an anger management counseling course."

Jones' legal team argued that a curfew would hinder his ability to train for and travel to Las Vegas for the title fight. The judge agreed and did not impose a curfew on Jones, but he did revoke Jones' freedom to drive whenever he wants to, he'll need permission from his probation officer if he wants to get behind the wheel. The judge also ordered Jones to attend anger management classes.

Martinez warned Jones that if he ends up in court again, "it won't end well." Jones was then released and allowed to go home.

Jones spent a night in jail after being arrested for a probation violation. He pleaded guilty last year in a hit-and-run case where the pregnant woman in the car he hit, suffered injuries. He was suspended by the UFC after his conviction and UFC 197 will be the first time he'll be stepping in the octagon since then.



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