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10:14 AM ET 05.20 | UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones had long ago developed into a dominant fighter, but only recently had he taken that next step and become a massive box-office star. That's why his arrest early Saturday in Binghamton, N.Y., on a charge of driving under the influence has to be so troubling to the UFC brass. The UFC is in dire need of new stars and Jones has given every indication he's ready to ascend to the top in that realm. Though UFC officials do not release pay-per-view figures, media estimates were that Jones' last bout, at UFC 145 in Atlanta on April 21, sold in excess of 700,000 units. The event attracted a crowd of 15,545, which paid a live gate of $2.3 million. Those are the kind of numbers which stamp a fighter as a legitimate box-office star.

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May 20, 2012  05:06 PM ET

Call Brock Lesner, have him do a run in during his next press conference. Turn him face, quick!

May 20, 2012  05:55 PM ET

he'll be fine. heck, rampage murdered a woman when he was drinking and driving.

May 21, 2012  06:38 AM ET
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he'll be fine. heck, rampage murdered a woman when he was drinking and driving.

You're an idiot. Rampage hit the car of a pregnant woman, who later miscarried. There was no causal link established between the car accident and the miscarriage. He did not "murder" her.

May 21, 2012  11:59 AM ET

Considering that just about every american gets a DUI at some point, most people won't care all that much....considering that a the population of MMA fans consists more of people that are willing to get hammered before driving home from the bar after watching an MMA PPV, most people won't care...it's not like MMA has a large MADD following....

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May 22, 2012  07:09 AM ET
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Really?

people don't go to church or AA to watch the PPVs....they go to bars...and most drink....and a lot get hammered...and try to drive home...even the ones that don't drive know people that do. It is somewhat normalized in society...the largest population of people that will have a major issue with Jones' DUI are people that don't watch MMA and never would....unless he has a history of them, it's just a simple mistake...bad judgement from which no one got hurt and so hopefully he learns and moves on, but no big deal.

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May 22, 2012  10:06 AM ET

Loki - you have some really flawed logic dude. "Just about every American gets a DUI at some point" and "the largest population of people that will have a major issue with Jones' DUI are people that don't watch MMA and never would". What the hell? I know one person in my extended family and circle of friends that had a DUI. And you'd be surprised how many people watch MMA in the privacy of their own homes with family and friends that doesn't involve alcohol or getting smashed. You come across as having a casual attitude about DUI. It makes me sick in the stomach every time I hear about a fatality caused by a drunk driver. The laws in this country need to be toughened up. Start giving people who cause deaths while drunk the needle or life in prison, and maybe they'll start thinking twice before getting behind the wheel. Sorry, this is a sore subject for me. If convicted, they ought to give Jones a couple of years in prison. But I already know he'll get off with a slap on the wrist.

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May 23, 2012  09:55 AM ET
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Loki - you have some really flawed logic dude. "Just about every American gets a DUI at some point" and "the largest population of people that will have a major issue with Jones' DUI are people that don't watch MMA and never would". What the hell? I know one person in my extended family and circle of friends that had a DUI. And you'd be surprised how many people watch MMA in the privacy of their own homes with family and friends that doesn't involve alcohol or getting smashed. You come across as having a casual attitude about DUI. It makes me sick in the stomach every time I hear about a fatality caused by a drunk driver. The laws in this country need to be toughened up. Start giving people who cause deaths while drunk the needle or life in prison, and maybe they'll start thinking twice before getting behind the wheel. Sorry, this is a sore subject for me. If convicted, they ought to give Jones a couple of years in prison. But I already know he'll get off with a slap on the wrist.

recognizing reality isn't flawed logic....your exposure to such a small population slants your view.....it's like weighing in without knowing what you're talking about....I don't agree with drinking and driving and I, myself, don't even drink but that doesn't mean I am ignorant of how frequently it happens and how it tends to happen with the SAME demographic that tends to watch MMA...young males tend to drink more and young males tend to watch MMA...simple as that. Just because you sit in your house doesn't mean that most other MMA fans do the same. If anything, you are a minority...most fans don't watch alone...

May 23, 2012  10:00 AM ET
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Loki - you have some really flawed logic dude. "Just about every American gets a DUI at some point" and "the largest population of people that will have a major issue with Jones' DUI are people that don't watch MMA and never would". What the hell? I know one person in my extended family and circle of friends that had a DUI. And you'd be surprised how many people watch MMA in the privacy of their own homes with family and friends that doesn't involve alcohol or getting smashed. You come across as having a casual attitude about DUI. It makes me sick in the stomach every time I hear about a fatality caused by a drunk driver. The laws in this country need to be toughened up. Start giving people who cause deaths while drunk the needle or life in prison, and maybe they'll start thinking twice before getting behind the wheel. Sorry, this is a sore subject for me. If convicted, they ought to give Jones a couple of years in prison. But I already know he'll get off with a slap on the wrist.

you mean you know one person that you KNOW has a DUI....you probably know 50 people that have a DUI but they just haven't told you...it isn't exactly info that someone volunteers without cause...."How's the weather?" "Well, it's sunny and warm...oh, and by the way, I got a DUI when I was younger"....sorry, but no....

as for your ideas of punishment, going overboard on punishment isn't a deterrent as years of history show.....all it does it push people to go to greater lengths to avoid getting caught....you'll get more drunk drivers that would plow through a crowd or a police car rather than pulling over and stumbling out of their car trying to apologize for making the mistake of driving under the influence. Same reason rape isn't a capital crime....you'd only get more murder victims rather than rape survivors as it gets rid of a witness and doesn't make the punishment any greater.

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May 23, 2012  01:39 PM ET

From 2000 to 2008, there are on average about 1,396,888 arrests made per year for driving under the influence (DUI) in the United States. This is based on Uniform Crime Reports from 2000 to 2008 of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation. The total number of DUI arrests from 2000 to 2008 is 12,571,993.
So Loki, you are wayyyy off base, most Americans do not get a DWI at some point in their lives.
The US population is over 307 million. So, according to actual statistics, less than 4% of the population will be charged with DUI in their lifetime.

May 23, 2012  01:57 PM ET

Jones needs to worry about his image now as he tries to get major companies like Gatorade, Nike, etc.to use him as a spokesman/frontman for their products. That's where the concern is most likely. Come on we know how thjis will pan out. He meets with Dana White, Dana puts out an official statement saying Jones is good to go, he's learned from his mistake, Jones says he is sorry for disappointing the fans, his team, UFC management, etc. Will probably do a PR thing to tell teens why drinking and driving don't mix, the state reduces the charges, he pays the fine, he whips Dan Henderson, Rogan asks him about it in the post fight interview and all is good in the world according to Dana. Did I miss anything?

May 23, 2012  07:15 PM ET
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From 2000 to 2008, there are on average about 1,396,888 arrests made per year for driving under the influence (DUI) in the United States. This is based on Uniform Crime Reports from 2000 to 2008 of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation. The total number of DUI arrests from 2000 to 2008 is 12,571,993.So Loki, you are wayyyy off base, most Americans do not get a DWI at some point in their lives. The US population is over 307 million. So, according to actual statistics, less than 4% of the population will be charged with DUI in their lifetime.

Okay, so U.S. population is 307M. How many of those 307M are males (in what I assume to be the typical age of MMA viewers) from 17 years old to say 27 years old? It wouldnt happen to be 12,571,993 would it?

May 23, 2012  07:34 PM ET
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From 2000 to 2008, there are on average about 1,396,888 arrests made per year for driving under the influence (DUI) in the United States. This is based on Uniform Crime Reports from 2000 to 2008 of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation. The total number of DUI arrests from 2000 to 2008 is 12,571,993.So Loki, you are wayyyy off base, most Americans do not get a DWI at some point in their lives. The US population is over 307 million. So, according to actual statistics, less than 4% of the population will be charged with DUI in their lifetime.

Plus I think you math is screwed up. You are using arrests over an 8 year period but also the total US population, which includes growth over say 200 years? Wouldnt you need to use the number of arrests over the same 200 years? Of course we will never know since nobody got DUI's before 1975. The way to get closer to fair is to use how many people drove cars over those eight years (way less than 307M) and how many DUI's were given out.

May 23, 2012  07:38 PM ET
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From 2000 to 2008, there are on average about 1,396,888 arrests made per year for driving under the influence (DUI) in the United States. This is based on Uniform Crime Reports from 2000 to 2008 of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation. The total number of DUI arrests from 2000 to 2008 is 12,571,993.So Loki, you are wayyyy off base, most Americans do not get a DWI at some point in their lives. The US population is over 307 million. So, according to actual statistics, less than 4% of the population will be charged with DUI in their lifetime.

And then you need to remember say only 1 in 4? (probably less) people who drive drunk actually get caught. I mean if police pulled every car over that was over the legal limit on friday night there would be 5000 arrests in most cities.

 
May 24, 2012  01:05 PM ET
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Considering that just about every american gets a DUI at some point, most people won't care all that much

Your rationale is completely out of whack! The seriousness of drinking and driving should never be glossed over as a 'simple mistake' regardless of who did......c'mon man you can't be for real!?!?!

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