Jones suspended indefinitely, stripped of his title

“Obviously he's got to handle his legal proceedings. His lawyer didn't say much,” UFC President Dana White explained.

“We basically went in there – what we wanted to find out was what the facts were. A lot of things are being said out there about what happened that day. A lot of them are untrue. A lot of them are speculation and we wanted to hear Jon's side of the story and we wanted to hear what his lawyer had to say about it.

"Obviously he's very disappointed. He's upset. He wanted to go down as one of the greats, or the greatest ever. He's disappointed, but it is what it is. It's the decision we had to make."

Following Jones’ suspension, Daniel Cormier has been roped in to face Anthony Johnson for the now-vacant belt at UFC 187 on May 23.

"Obviously we have a guy like Jon Jones who has defended his title as many times as he has – and for us to go in and have to strip him of his title and suspend him, it's not fun," White added.

"But as they say, the show goes on. Anthony Johnson is ready for this fight, and Daniel Cormier was beyond pumped to get this opportunity. What makes it even easier is Cormier is the type of guy that, as soon as he heard it, he said, 'I'm ready. Put me in. I want this opportunity. I'm your guy.' He was blowing me and Lorenzo (Fertitta) up from the moment he heard about this."

Cormier was due to face Ryan Bader at UFC Fight Night 68, but subsequently will be replaced, although no replacement has been named for the June 6 fight.

Allegedly, Jones fled the scene of a hit-and-run on Sunday and stand accused of leaving the scene of an accident involving death or personal injuries. Should he be found guilty, he could face up to three years in prison.

The 25-year-old pregnant woman whose car Jones allegedly struck fractured arm and wrist, which elevated the charge from a misdemeanor to a felony.

White, however, was hesitant to provide a definite answer when asked if ‘Bones’ time in the Octagon is something of the past.

"I don't know what's going to happen," White added.

"We have suspended him indefinitely. Obviously he needs to focus on his legal matters right now and, I don't know, we'll see what happens."