Jon “Bones” Jones is back in the news for the wrong actions. The former light heavyweight champion was arrested Friday morning in Las Vegas.
Jones was arrested at 5:45 a.m. on Friday at a resort near Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 24, 2021
Ironically, the arrest came hours after one of his UFC fights got inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. Jones’ 2013 fight with Alexander Gustafsson was inducted into the Hall of Fame on Thursday night during a ceremony at Park MGM.
Now Jones is facing a variety of charges.
According to multiple reports, the charges are misdemeanor battery, domestic violence, and injuring or tampering with a vehicle.
Currently, Jones was taken to the Clark County Detention Center and was scheduled to appear in court on Saturday afternoon
DC had jon jones figured out a long time ago pic.twitter.com/8BYEiMsbEt
— FreelanceGoon (@FreelanceGoon) September 24, 2021
“It’s hard to bring this guy to Las Vegas, for any reason,” UFC president Dana White said on Friday after the UFC 266 ceremonial weigh-ins. “This city is not good for Jon Jones and here we are again.”
“It’s not even shocking anymore. When we bring him here, it’s almost expected. We can’t even get him to Las Vegas for less than 12 hours and induct him into the Hall of Fame. It’s a problem. This guy’s got a lot of demons, man, a lot of demons.”
Dana White didn’t mince words when asked about Jon Jones’ arrest….pic.twitter.com/rmO8MpPSJI
— The MMA Dude™ (@philthemmadude) September 25, 2021
A History Of Issues
Jones, 34, has a lengthy history of legal troubles.
The troubles began with a 2012 DWI charge when he drove his Bentley Continental GT into a pole in Binghamton, New York.
Jon Jones meeting his lawyer this morning 🔥 pic.twitter.com/QB77gSZtv3
— Joey’s MMA Shack 🛖 (@JoeydoesMMA) September 24, 2021
Later in 2015, Jones was involved in a hit-and-run with a pregnant woman who became injured. Jones came back to grab items out of the car and threw money in the victim’s window while fleeing.
Then in 2019, Jones caught a battery charge for allegedly choking a waitress at an Albuquerque strip club. In Jones’ last incident, he shot a gun while in a car with a bottle of alcohol and a firearm.
Point Of No Return?
Jones hasn’t fought since February 2020, gearing up to make a run at heavyweight. However, contract negotiations have been cantankerous, and there is no date for his return to the Octagon.
During the UFC Hall of Fame red carpet scrum, Jones said he expected to make his heavyweight debut in the second quarter of 2022.
Jones’ advisor, Richard Schaefer, tells ESPN: “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.” https://t.co/W3qHFUacQg
— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) September 24, 2021
Jones hired former Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer as his adviser. Schaefer told ESPN, “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 see how this plays out.”
Jones’ two brothers are both NFL Super Bowl champions, coming from an athletic family. Widely considered the best mixed martial artist of all time, Jones is the UFC’s number one on the pound-for-pound list.
Why would you be surprised when Jon Jones told you what is his plan pic.twitter.com/KGKr4dCwIG
— Chad (@ChadSonnen) September 24, 2021
However, the only real blemish to his legacy has been the out-of-competition legal issues. Jones looks like the problem child that can’t stay out of trouble.
“It’s almost become, ‘Uh-oh, he’s in Vegas again,” said White. “What’s going to happen today?’ You want to hope the guy is better, and that won’t be the case; but he proves every time he comes to this town that he can’t handle this place.”