UFC says Jon Jones would get a shot at his stripped title if he returns

Jon Jones won't have to wait for title shot when he returns to UFC despite facing felony charge in New Mexico

As quick as the UFC was to strip Jon Jones of his title after his arrest on charges of hit-and-run in New Mexico, the organization is prepared to act just as quickly to put him in the ring with the next champ.

"He comes right back and fights for the title," UFC President Dana White told "The Jim Rome Show." "He hasn't had the time Anderson Silva's had, but he's the most dominant champion. If you look at the murderer's row of the 205-pound division that he went through -- and he just went through it like a hot knife through butter -- I mean, he's the man. Whenever he gets his stuff together, he can come right back and fight for the title."

Jones, 27, was charged with a felony in April on allegations that he left the scene of a three-car accident in Albuquerque, which authorities said left a pregnant woman with a broken arm. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound mixed martial artist later surrendered to police.

If convicted, Jones could face up to three years in jail.

Jones (21-1) was scheduled to defend his light-heavyweight title against Anthony Johnson (19-4) on Saturday at UFC 187 in Las Vegas. However, after his arrest, Jones was stripped of the title and suspended indefinitely.

Daniel Cormier (15-1) was named as a replacement fighter and will battle Johnson for the vacated title, one that Jones would eventually hope to reclaim.

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