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Bernalillo County DA will not pursue formal probation violation against Jon Jones

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Jon Jones will not face any probation violation charges on his traffic citation. At least not from the district attorney.

Bernalillo County DA spokesperson Kayla Anderson said Monday that the DA's office will not be filing a formal probation violation against Jones. The issue will be dealt with by the state's department of Probation & Parole, she said.

Jones was cited for three traffic violations Jan. 31: driving without a license, driving without proof of insurance and driving without registration. The former UFC light heavyweight champion is in the fourth month of an 18-month supervised probation period following a September guilty plea on a felony hit-and-run charge.

Jones, 28, was given a conditional discharge after the guilty plea, meaning that in 18 months, if he fulfills the terms of his probation, he would not be convicted of a felony. Anderson said that while defendants generally are required to obey the law during probation, Jones did not specifically violate any part of his conditional discharge agreement.

On Monday afternoon, Jones' manager Malki Kawa told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour that Jones simply got a traffic ticket like anyone else and the UFC 197 main event against Daniel Cormier is not in danger, nor is Jones' probation.

"It's not a big deal," Kawa said. "I'm not really understanding all the hype behind it. But hey, it's Jon Jones."

The Bernalillo County district attorney did have discretion to pursue probation violation charges against Jones and seek to have his conditional discharge sentence revoked. But now the case will be in the hands of Probation & Parole.