Jon Jones was arrested in Las Vegas on Friday and charged with domestic violence with battery and wounds and tampering with a vehicle, according to Marc Raimondi of ESPN.
Las Vegas Metro Police Department officer Larry Hadfield told Raimondi Jones was arrested shortly before 6 a.m. Friday at a compound. Jones is being held at the Clark County Detention Center, according to inmate records obtained by Raimondi, and his total bond has been set at $ 8,000.
“The facts are still developing, we really don’t know the whole story yet, so I won’t comment until I have had a chance to talk to Jon and until we see how it turns out. past”, Jones adviser Richard Schaefer told ESPN’s Mike Coppinger.
Jones was in Las Vegas Thursday to attend a UFC Hall of Fame induction ceremony for his 2013 fight against Alexander Gustafsson. The UFC has yet to release a statement on Jones’ arrest.
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Jones had been preparing to move to the heavyweight division before his arrest, although he had not identified an opponent or a date for his heavyweight debut. The 34-year-old told Raimondi on Thursday he wanted to face the alleged fight winner Francis Ngannou-Ciryl Gane.
“I admit Francis is more important when it comes to the financial side,” Jones said. “But it’s okay. I want the belt, really. I want the belt, I want a lot of money.”
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Despite being considered one of the greatest UFC fighters of all time, Jones’ professional achievements have often been overshadowed by his legal issues. Most recently, he was arrested in March 2020 on several counts, including aggravated DWI and careless use of a firearm. He has also been stripped of the light heavyweight title belt several times following failed drug tests.
At this point, it is not clear if Jones will face any sanction from the UFC. He hasn’t competed in a UFC event since defending the light heavyweight title against Dominick Reyes in February 2020.