UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones took a plea deal Tuesday on a charge stemming from an April incident at a strip club.
Jones pleaded no contest to disorderly conduct in Bernalillo (New Mexico) County Metropolitan Court and received a 90-day deferred sentence, per court documents. During that period of time, Jones must avoid arrest or violating the law, consume no alcohol or drugs, be under unsupervised probation, not return to the scene and pay court fees.
In New Mexico, no contest is considered a concession of the charge without admission of guilt or mounting any defense. When reached by ESPN, Jones' team declined comment on the matter.
In July, Jones was charged with battery after a cocktail waitress accused him of slapping her in the genital region, pulling her down into his lap and kissing her neck, according to the criminal summons. The incident happened April 19 at an Albuquerque strip bar, TD's Gold Club. The woman also told police that Jones put her in a chokehold and picked her up off the ground. When she asked him to stop, Jones continued touching her until he decided to leave, the woman said.
Jones initially pleaded not guilty to the battery charge. In July, Jones spokesperson James Hallinan called it a "false accusation" and said the woman's claims were "malicious lies."
"Don't be so quick to believe everything you read on the Internet," Jones tweeted at the time, adding that he was not in any trouble.
Jones, 32, was on probation until March 2017 stemming from his pleading guilty to a felony hit-and-run charge in 2015. Jones (25-1, 1 NC) is coming off a successful title defense against Thiago Santos at UFC 239 in July. He does not yet have another fight scheduled.
Jones has never really been beaten in MMA, with his only loss coming in 2009 by disqualification for illegal elbows. The New York native has 10 total UFC title defenses. Jones has twice been suspended by UFC anti-doping partner USADA for violations.