Mixed-martial-arts star Jon Jones, who lives and trains in Albuquerque, was arrested on a domestic-violence charge early Friday morning in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Jones, the former UFC light heavyweight champion and considered by many the best fighter in the sport, was in Las Vegas to be honored by the UFC Hall of Fame for his role in a September 2013 fight against Sweden’s Alexander Gustafsson.
As first reported by ESPN, Jones was arrested by Las Vegas Metro Police at 5:45 a.m. at a Las Vegas resort.
He is charged with misdemeanor battery domestic violence and injuring or tampering with a vehicle, a Las Vegas Metro PD officer told ESPN.
Jones adviser Richard Schaefer told ESPN that he didn’t have enough information to comment.
“The facts are still developing,” Schaefer said. “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 trains in Albuquerque at Jackson-Wink MMA.
“JacksonWink Academy is aware of the allegations and is conducting its own review of the matter,” Jackson-Wink spokesman James Hallinan said in a statement. “It would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”
According to court documents, bail was set at $8,000. Jones is scheduled for an initial court appearance on Saturday.
Jones (26-1) won the UFC light heavyweight title and retained it — other than twice having been stripped of the belt for out-of-the-cage difficulties — before renouncing the title last year. He has stated his intention to compete at heavyweight but has yet to fight above the 205-pound light-heavyweight limit.
His arrest on Friday, on the heels of being honored at the UFC Hall of Fame the previous evening, constitutes a recurring theme: great success in the Octagon, legal and substance-related woes out of it.
In 2015, Jones was arrested and stripped of his title after his involvement in a hit-and-run traffic accident in southeast Albuquerque.
In July 2016, he was denied a shot at regaining the UFC light heavyweight title after testing positive for the banned substance Turinabol before a fight against champion Daniel Cormier. He appeared to have regained the title with a victory over Cormier in 2017 but was stripped again after testing positive for Turinabol.
Jones regained the light heavyweight title in 2018, in a rematch with Gustafsson, before renouncing the belt with the intention of campaigning as a heavyweight.
In March 2020, he was arrested for DWI, negligent use of a firearm, possession of an open container and no proof of insurance. Jones pleaded guilty to DWI, with the other charges dropped. He served four days of house arrest, a year of supervised probation, a minimum of 90 days of outpatient therapy and 48 hours of community service.
Jones has maintained he has never intentionally ingested a banned substance, attributing the positive tests to having taken a tainted sexual enhancement product.
He twice has been suspended by the United States Anti-Doping Agency, once for one year, the second time for 15 months — reduced from four years for a second offense because USADA concluded his ingestion of a banned substance indeed was unintentional.