Former UFC mild heavyweight champion arrested in Las Vegas following Corridor of Fame induction.
Former UFC champion Jonathan Dwight Jones, popularly referred to as Jon Jones, has been arrested in Las Vegas after an incident at Caesars Palace and charged with home battery and damaging a car.
Particulars of the incident that led to the arrest of Jones at 5:45am on Friday (22:45 GMT on Thursday) on the Las Vegas Strip resort weren’t instantly made public by Las Vegas police.
Jail and courtroom data confirmed Jones, 34, posted $8,000 bail and was due for an preliminary courtroom look on Saturday, with an October 26 date for prosecutors to file legal prices. The home battery cost is a misdemeanour. The car cost is a felony, with injury reported at greater than $5,000.
It was not instantly clear if Jones had a lawyer.
Caesars Leisure Inc declined to remark, citing an lively police investigation.
“JacksonWink Academy is conscious of the allegations and is conducting its personal evaluate of the matter. It could be inappropriate to remark additional right now,” mentioned James Hallinan, a spokesman for the Albuquerque, New Mexico, gymnasium the place Jones skilled.
Jones lives in Albuquerque, however he attended a Thursday evening UFC Corridor of Fame induction ceremony on the Park MGM resort honouring his 2013 battle with Alexander Gustafsson.
Extraordinarily unlucky information, simply hours after his HOF battle induction. Jones’ group declining to publicly remark right now. https://t.co/InmGvisuoE
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) September 24, 2021
Jones (26-1, 1 no-contest) had three separate stints because the UFC’s mild heavyweight champion from 2011 to 2020, and he’s broadly thought-about one of many biggest fighters in MMA historical past.
However his UFC profession has additionally been outlined by misbehaviour exterior the cage.
In 2012, a 12 months after turning into the youngest champion in UFC historical past, Jones was arrested for driving underneath the affect (DUI) after crashing his Bentley right into a phone pole in upstate Binghamton, New York.
Jones then misplaced his title in 2015 when he was arrested and charged with a felony stemming from a hit-and-run accident in New Mexico by which he broke a pregnant driver’s arm.
Jones pleaded no contest to disorderly conduct in 2019 after an incident with a waitress at a strip membership in Albuquerque, and he was arrested final 12 months in Albuquerque on prices of aggravated DUI and negligent use of a firearm.
Jones has failed a number of drug assessments from the US Anti-Doping Company, which runs the UFC’s anti-doping programme.
He was pressured out of a battle with Daniel Cormier at UFC 200 in 2016 after testing constructive for 2 banned substances that he blamed on a sexual enhancement capsule.
He then examined constructive for an anabolic steroid in 2017, prompting the UFC to strip his mild heavyweight title for a second time. The California State Athletic Fee overturned the results of his victory over Cormier at UFC 214, and Jones obtained a 15-month aggressive suspension.
Due to his arrests, suspensions and varied disputes with the UFC, Jones has fought solely eight occasions within the final eight years throughout the ostensible prime of his profession. He has not fought since beating Dominick Reyes in February 2020 for his fourth consecutive victory.
Jones relinquished the sunshine heavyweight title final 12 months and mentioned on Thursday previous to the Corridor of Fame ceremony that he needs his subsequent bout to be at heavyweight. He advised ESPN that he now weighs 115.5kg (255 kilos) and is concentrating on 270 kilos as his preferrred weight.
He’s eyeing a battle subsequent 12 months towards the winner of a possible upcoming bout between Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane. The date has not been made public.
“I need the belt, actually. I need the belt, I need large cash,” he mentioned.