Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was cited for drag racing last week in Albuquerque, N.M. last week, and bodycam footage released early Monday shows the fighter calling a police officer “a (expletive) liar.”
According to ESPN, Jones was received five citations at a traffic stop on March 24, which also included equipment modifications, failure to maintain a lane and an issue with with his license plate.
Bodycam video obtained by TMZ shows that Jones became irate at the traffic stop, and calling the officer a liar.
“You and I both know...that I was not drag racing. You both know that I did not speed. You and I both know that I revved my engine at the red light, and did not take off racing at all, and neither did the car next to me take of racing at all,” Jones is heard saying on the video.
Jones went on The MMA Hour podcast on Monday and claimed that he revved his engine at a group of fans, but again denied that he was drag racing.
This isn’t the first time Jones has run into legal problems with his car. In April 2015, Jones led police on a foot chase after leaving the scene of an accident which put a 20-year-old pregnant woman in the hospital. Jones eventually pled guilty to a felony charge of leaving the scene of a crime involving an injury. Jones was sentenced to 18 months probation, was striped of his light heavyweight title and was suspended indefinitely from the UFC.
Jones was reinstated in October. He holds a career record of 21-1, and is scheduled to fight Daniel Cormier for the light heavyweight title on April 23.
Alex Hider is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @alexhider.