Obviously everyone is aware of the situation by now - Dan Henderson hurt his knee, and Jon Jones turned down a bout with possible replacement Chael Sonnen, so UFC 151 has now been cancelled and Jones will now face Lyoto Machida at UFC 152 on September 22nd. That event just happens to take place in Toronto, Ontario, and there have been come concerns about whether Jones could enter Canada after he was convicted on his DWI charge back on July 31st. Well according to MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani, it's not something to worry about:
Re: Jones not being allowed into Canada because of his DWI arrest, according to the UFC that won't be an issue. He will be good to go.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) August 23, 2012
I'm Canadian myself (as is Ariel, believe it or not), and I have to agree. I'm clearly not a lawyer and won't even try to establish a solid legal position on this but I do know from experience that, despite having a a conservative reputation, entering Canada with a conviction is not as bad as some would make it out to be. The Canada Border Services Agency is known for turning back people with criminal records at times, but It's relatively simple for people with convictions to enter the country as long as they establish contact beforehand and are up front about things. Which is something that all foreign UFC fighters apparently must do in order to compete in my country.
In other words, I fully expect Jon Jones to step into the octagon in the Air Canada Centre on September 22nd.