UFC fighter Jon Jones arrested on domestic violence charges in Las Vegas – The Guardian
Last modified on Fri 24 Sep 2021 17.29 EDT
The UFC star Jon Jones was arrested Friday in Las Vegas and charged with two counts, including alleged misdemeanor battery domestic violence.
The 34-year-old is being held on $8,000 total bond and was scheduled for a court appearance on Saturday. The second charge he reportedly faces is injuring or tampering with a vehicle, a police spokesperson told ESPN.
Jones was arrested Friday at 5:45 am (local time) at a resort near Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road, per ESPN. He was in the city for a ceremony at the UFC Hall of Fame, marking the induction of his first fight with Alexander Gustafsson in 2013.
“The facts are still developing, we really don’t know yet the full story so I’m not going to make any comment until I have a chance to talk to Jon and until we see how this plays out,” Jones’ adviser, Richard Schaefer, told ESPN.
This is not the first brush with trouble for Jones. He has two failed drug tests and a number of prior arrests, including driving while intoxicated (DWI) in 2012, hit-and-run in 2015, battery in July 2019 and charges of DWI and negligent use of a firearm in March 2020.
Jones’ competitive record is 26-1-0, with his only UFC loss coming in 2009 to Matt Hamill in a disqualification that remains controversial. He last fought at UFC 247 in February 2020, defeating Dominick Reyes.
A two-times UFC light heavyweight champion, Jones is considered the greatest fighter in history at that weight. Jones vacated the title in June 2020 over a pay dispute, and said prior to the Hall of Fame ceremony that he wanted his next bout to be as a heavyweight.
Jones told ESPN he now weighs 255 pounds, is targeting 270 as his ideal weight and is eyeing a fight against the winner of an upcoming bout between Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane. “I want the belt, really. I want the belt, I want big money,” he said.