John Jones was arrested Friday in Las Vegas on charges of battery domestic violence and assault and disguise with a car, According to ESPN’s Mark Raymondi.
Jones was arrested at a resort shortly before 6 a.m. Friday, Las Vegas Metro Police Department official Larry Hadfield told Raymondi. Jones is being held at the Clark County Detention Center based on prisoner records obtained by Raymondi and his total bail is set at $ 8,000.
“The events are still evolving, we still don’t know the whole story so I won’t comment until I get a chance to talk to John and see how it ends.” Jones adviser Richard Schaefer told ESPN’s Mike Coppinger.
Jones was in Las Vegas on Thursday to attend the UFC Hall of Fame induction ceremony for the 2013 fight against Alexander Gustafson. The UFC has not yet issued a statement regarding Jones’ arrest.
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Jones was preparing to move to the heavyweight division before his arrest, although he did not hold any opponents or date for his heavyweight debut. The 34-year-old told Raimondi on Thursday that he wants to face the winner of the buzzing Francis Engano-Cyril Gain fight.
“In terms of finances, I have to admit that Francis is a lot bigger,” Jones said. “But it’s all good. I want a belt, really. I want a belt, I want big money.”
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Although he is considered one of the greatest UFC fighters of all time, Jones’ career achievements are often overshadowed by his legal troubles. Most recently, in March 2020, he was arrested on multiple charges, including DWI and firearms negligence. He was snatched from the light heavyweight title belt more than once as a result of a failed drug test.
At the moment, it is not clear whether Jones will face any kind of punishment from the UFC. He has not competed in a UFC event since defending the light heavyweight title against Dominic Reyes in February 2020.