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Jon Jones apologizes to fans on Twitter: 'Got a lot of soul searching to do'

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UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones went to his Twitter account for his first remarks since his hit-and-run incident and subsequent arrest in Albuquerque.

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Presently a free man on bail, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones issued his first public comment since his hit-and-run in New Mexico on Sunday morning. Jones apologized to fans and said he had "a lot of soul searching to do" in a tweet sent out on his official account late Tuesday evening:

Jones is currently charged with the felony of leaving the scene of an accident involving death or personal injuries after he crashed his rented SUV into the driver's side of a pregnant woman's car, leaving the woman with a broken arm. According to the official police report, eyewitnesses said that Jones left the vehicle but ran back to retrieve a "large handful of cash" before fleeing on foot. Jones turned himself in on Monday after an arrest warrant was issued by Albuquerque police.

With his status for UFC 187 still up in the air, Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta have flown to New Mexico to meet with him and his lawyer. He has been given no travel restrictions, which means he can legally compete on the card vs. Anthony Johnson next month, provided he doesn't break the conditions of his release.