UFC champion Jon Jones arrested

Updated: May 21, 2012, 2:28 PM ET
By Josh Gross | ESPN.com

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was arrested early Saturday morning in Binghamton, N.Y., on suspicion of drunken driving.

"I can confirm that Jon Jones was arrested early this morning on suspicion of DUI," Jones' manager, Malki Kawa, said in a statement.

"While the facts of this situation are still being gathered and situated, First Round Management fully supports Jon and we are asking for fans and media to respect the privacy of Jon and his family during this time."

According to a representative for the Binghamton Police Department, Jones, 24, was arrested at 5:02 a.m. ET after crashing his Bentley.

Jones' blood-alcohol level won't be known until Monday, according to the BPD representative.

Jones, who hit a utility pole, was released to family members and will need to appear in city court at a future date, which hasn't been determined.

Jones and his passengers were uninjured.

TMZ first reported the arrest.

After making his professional mixed martial arts debut in 2008, Jones (16-1) skyrocketed to the highest level of the sport, winning the UFC title at 205 pounds last year by stopping Mauricio Rua.

The native of upstate New York has defended the title three times since, most recently a five-round unanimous decision on pay-per-view against Rashad Evans.

Jones' next defense is scheduled for Sept. 1 against Dan Henderson.

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