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25th Apr 2016

UFC star Jon Jones has managed to find a loophole to drive recklessly

Playing with fire

Ben Kiely

Jon Jones must have given his driver a night off following UFC 197.

Jones and vehicles have been a match made in hell for a while now. The former light heavyweight champion had his title revoked and was suspended by the UFC for his involvement in a hit-and-run in which a pregnant woman broke her arm and as he was preparing for his highly anticipated UFC return, he was pulled over for suspected drag racing.

However, it appeared as though he finally took the necessary precautions to ensure that the most frustrating hurdle of his career would never become an issue again in the build up to UFC 197. Jones’s coach Greg Jackson revealed on the MMA Hour that his fighter had hired a full time driver so that he could focus solely on fighting.

“He’s got a driver now so everything should be fine. I just want him to focus on fighting, that’s important. The rest of the circus, he should not be distracted by. He’s a warrior, he needs to focus on that.”

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 04: UFC fighter Jon Jones trials a pair of Reebok ZPump Fusion shoes at Reebok's launch of the revolutionary new ZPump Fusion at Spring Studios on March 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Thos Robinson/Getty Images for Reebok)

UFC 197 has come and gone, he defeated Ovince Saint Preux via unanimous to win the interim light heavyweight strap and what’s also noteworthy is that he hasn’t had any more brushes with the law over traffic violations.

However, Jones uploaded a video of himself behind the wheel and driving erratically around the Vegas strip. Admittedly, the steering wheel was attached to a mobility scooter, but still, has he not learned his lesson?