After pleading guilty to fleeing the scene of an accident and receiving an 18 month conditional discharge yesterday, Jon Jones has issued a statement in which he apologizes for his actions and states that over the past few months since the incident he’s been focusing on becoming a better person.

“With regards to today’s decision made by the court, I am very happy to now be able to put this incident behind me. My actions have caused pain and inconvenience in the lives of others and for that I am truly sorry and I accept full responsibility. I have been working hard during this time away from my sport to grow and mature as a man and to ensure that nothing like this happens again. I have learned a great deal from this situation and I am determined to emerge a better person because of it. I apologize to those who were affected by my actions in this incident and I am hopeful that I will be given the opportunity to redeem myself in the eyes of the public, my family and friends as well as my supporters. I am not sure what the future holds for me but I plan to continue to do the work needed to be productive and successful in every aspect of my life.“

It’s widely expected that Jones will now return to the UFC, but as things stand he remains suspended from the promotion as a result of his actions, and in a statement yesterday they revealed that they will have their legal team review the court’s ruling first before deciding how to proceed.

“The UFC organization is aware that Jon Jones reached a plea agreement with authorities in Albuquerque, New Mexico this morning stemming from charges associated with a motor vehicle accident earlier this year. As a result, UFC, through Las Vegas-based law firm Campbell & Williams, will thoroughly review the agreement before discussing Jones’ possible reinstatement to return to competition.

More information will be made available following completion of this review.”