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If you are reading this and study mixed martial arts, you probably have heard about Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter Jon “Bones” Jones’ recent trouble in New Mexico. And if you haven’t yet, trust me: you will.

Jones is currently being stripped of his UFC Light Heavyweight belt, due to a hit-and-run collision involving a pregnant woman outside of Albuquerque. The UFC has also suspended the fighter indefinitely, waiting for the charges to be processed before moving forward.

This comes in addition to a failed drug test in January and a reported day spent in rehab. It is not much of a stretch to call Jones irresponsible. But are these charges enough to merit expulsion from the UFC?

Not necessarily. Fame is as fickle a friend as any and with it comes a heightened level of social responsibility. Celebrity fighters face the awkward predicament of having to be a quality person outside of the ring and a merciless machine inside. It is a juggling act that Jones seems to struggle with.

Holding a 21-1 professional fighting record, Jones is arguably the best fighter alive. The victim of the hit-and-run has reportedly sustained a broken arm, but she is expected to make a full recovery. Despite an awful ordeal for everyone involved, this incident doesn’t seem to have any truly long-standing consequences. And that might be Jones’ salvation.

Depending on the court ruling, I believe a second chance should and will be offered to Jones. The fact that the former champion surrendered himself to authorities shows at least a desire to change. Luckily, no lives are forever shattered as a result of his behavior. Consequences for his gross misconduct should be dealt, and I am confident that they will be. If repeated offenses occur, then he should be dropped. But if Jones can prove himself worthy, as a fellow fighter, I say “Let the man fight!”

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