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This is a story we didn’t think we’d need for another decade or so.

As of last Friday, Jon Jones’ place atop the UFC light heavyweight division seemed as secure as any in the MMA universe. Then came Sunday’s alleged hit-and-run accident, 48 hours of disastrous public outcry and the fight company’s decision to strip him of the title.

The end of this week finds Jones on forced, indefinite sabbatical from the weight class he dominated with extreme prejudice after winning the championship in 2011. His sudden absence will have considerable ripple effects—casting the division into chaos while affording almost everyone in it renewed life.

What will the UFC 205-pound division look like without Jones in it?

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In retrospect, perhaps Jon Jones’ dominance over the UFC light heavyweight division was always going to end this way.

It had become increasingly clear that the fight company’s other 205-pounders couldn’t unseat him. If Jones was going to be forced from the throne, it would have to be by his own hand.

After a couple days of indecision, the UFC finally moved on its embattled champion late Tuesday, stripping him of the title and indefinitely suspending him in the wake of an alleged hit-and-run accident in his hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico, over the weekend.

It was a shocking development, but only because many doubted the organization would have the guts to censure one of its longest-standing titlists and best-established pay-per-view draws. If there's any good to come out of this, it’s the notion that the move might finally force Jones to confront his increasingly destructive personal behavior.

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Unless you've been living under a rock the past two days, you know all about the current situation surrounding UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. Here's a quick recap: Jones was allegedly involved in a hit-and-run on Sunday morning, fleeing the scene of a car accident after running a red light and striking a vehicle with a pregnant woman inside. 

As if running away weren't bad enough, the pregnant woman in the other vehicle suffered a broken arm. Just like that, Jones' misdemeanor became a felony. Police issued a warrant for his arrest, and Jones turned himself in on Monday night, according to Deadspin. He quickly posted $2,500 bail and left jail, as the Bernalillo County Metro Detention Center posted on its website (h/t MMA Junkie)

Now, all eyes turn toward the UFC. It issued a complete non-statement statement on Sunday, saying, essentially, that it is aware of the situation. All this proves is that UFC officials have Twitter, just like the rest of the world. We know that they are aware of the situation. The question is, what will they do?

Will they support him? Will we, as Dana White said in January after Jones tested positive for cocaine, understand when "the truth comes out"? What's next for the best fighter in the history of mixed martial arts?

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How odd it must feel for Demetrious Johnson to be a master of something so many people actively want to ignore.

Johnson presented a clinic on the art of being Demetrious Johnson on Saturday at UFC 186. He efficiently sucked the life out of game challenger Kyoji Horiguchi during five grueling rounds before retaining his flyweight title via armbar with one second left on the clock.

It was another signature performance from the best 125-pound fighter on the planet. Great, because once again, Johnson looked a generation ahead of his next-best competition, winning just about every exchange, every moment of another high-profile bout.

Forgettable, because it felt like a tedious rerun of something we’d all seen before, and fans inside Montreal’s Bell Center reportedly began heading for the exits long before the end:

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It’s fairly common in combat sports for people to say they don’t believe in luck.

Perhaps we have Dan Gable to thank for this. The legendary amateur wrestler and coach is fond of imploring people to “make their own luck” during autograph signings and speaking events. There is an even older adage, often attributed to Thomas Jefferson, which insists, "I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it."

It’s easy to see why such notions appeal to MMA types. Nobody wants to pour his guts into a grueling life as a professional fighter, one filled with the drudgery of training camps, the pain of injury and worries over long-term health risks, only to think the end result depends largely on chance.

The truth is, however, you just can’t control a lot about this sport.

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We haven’t even seen the fights yet, and UFC 186 is already among the UFC’s wildest events of the year.

What was originally meant to be a championship doubleheader is now reduced to one. An injury to bantamweight titlist T.J. Dillashaw swept a proposed rematch with Renan Barao off the table until July, leaving Demetrious Johnson’s flyweight defense against Kyoji Horiguchi to fend for itself on Saturday.

Then there is Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, who was on, off and back on the card according to the whims of various New Jersey state judges. His current status is "on," as the Bellator defector is thought to be headed for a catchweight showdown with Fabio Maldonado, at least as of this writing.

Add in the announcement on Wednesday that the UFC is currently on the outs with Dish Network and this card starts to seem like a real goat rope.

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There's no nice way to say this, so I'm going to just come out with it: UFC 186 is not the UFC's best pay-per-view offering. Even when compared to some of the UFC's more injury-riddled recent events, Saturday's card falls under what I'd call the "subpar" heading.

But the non-existent hype for this event received something of a kick-start Tuesday night when the UFC announced that the injunction granted to Bellator a few weeks ago that would keep Quinton "Rampage" Jackson from competing on the card had been overturned, to the shock of everyone. Well, everyone who did not read our story on the lawsuit in the first place, anyway. 

So Jackson is back on the card, and former hockey thug/local draw Steve Bosse is relegated back to the sidelines. It's the first true good news the UFC has received around this injury-riddled fight card, and to be frank, the company needed a little bit of good news when it comes to the Canadian market. 

Now that we have an idea of what the finalized card will look like (with just a few days to spare, even!), let's go through each matchup with a fine-tooth comb. 

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If nothing else, Saturday night’s loss to Luke Rockhold at UFC on Fox 15 signaled another sharp downturn for Lyoto Machida.

During the first one minute, 15 seconds of their main event fight, we got to see Machida at his best. He came out of his corner bouncing on his toes, firing off combinations and circling away as Rockhold plodded forward. He connected with a hard right, made the American miss and landed another pair of punches that drew a characteristic “Oh! Oh!” from color commentator Joe Rogan.

For a few fleeting moments it seemed like this could be Machida’s fight. Then came Rockhold’s sweeping, off-target right and the slip/knockdown/stumble that put the former light heavyweight champion down on the canvas.

He never really recovered. Badly hurt by an elbow to the side of the head at the end of the first, he began the second looking like a bad carbon copy of himself. From there, he was easy pickings, and the end result was an impressive, statement victory by Rockhold.

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UFC on Fox 15, a card that lived up to every bit of its promise, was all about renewal. From time to time the combat sports world must refresh itself with young challengers emerging from the battered remains of their predecessors. 

This was one of those nights.

The Machida era, well and truly, has finally come to an end. Let's all welcome our new southern Californian surfer lords. And while Luke Rockhold certainly led the way, he had a cast of new characters behind him, with Max Holloway, Paige VanZant and Beneil Dariush staking their claims as potential contenders.

It was a big night for the UFC's future—but it wasn't quite perfect. In a new post-fight series, we'll look at the card as a whole and choose the five best and worst moments—the handful of things worth talking about on Twitter in the event's aftermath.

Want to extend the bout from five rounds into infinity? That's what the comments are for. Make your voice heard.

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