More details are emerging surrounding former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Jon Jones’ (26-1) arrest over the weekend in Las Vegas. Jones was arrested for misdemeanor battery domestic violence and tampering with a vehicle after being inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame for his UFC 165 fight against fellow light heavyweight legend Alexander Gustafsson.
The events of that night have come to light. The woman involved told police that Jones was aggressive, but not violent; he allegedly grabbed the woman by the back of the head/hair to prevent her from leaving the hotel room. According to the arrest report, the woman was “bleeding from her nose and or mouth.” Police observed the woman’s bloody clothing and bedsheets. Police also observed that she had a swollen lip. The woman involved is allegedly Jones’ fiancé and mother of his children.
According to ESPN, “Jones was apprehended by police on the Las Vegas strip just before 6 a.m. Friday. When he was taken into custody, the report states that Jones “became irate and smashed his head onto the front hood” of the police vehicle, causing a medium-sized dent and paint chipping. That led to the felony charge of injury and tampering to a vehicle.”
Jon Jones is his own worst enemy. How hard is it to go a year without being arrested?! Jones has previously been arrested for a DUI, DWI, hit and run, assault, negligent use of a firearm, possession of an open container, etc. The list is never-ending. Imagine, at one point in his career, Jones was a Nike-sponsored athlete making millions of dollars in sponsorship deals.
His fellow MMA fighters reacted to his arrest:
Jon Jones will never be considered the GOAT because he’ll never live up to his potential due to the several stains on his career. These stains include arrests and USADA drug violations.