Dana White is left furious with Jon Jones after star was arrested in Las Vegas on domestic violence charges following Hall of Fame ceremony as the UFC chief admits ‘this guy has a lot of demons’
UFC chief Dana White has revealed his frustration with Jon Jones after the former light heavyweight champion was arrested in Las Vegas.
Jones is facing charges of alleged domestic violence and tampering with a vehicle, and a judge in Nevada has ruled that there was probable cause to arrest him.
The latest incident marks Jones’ latest run-in with the law, and White has admitted that the star’s ‘demons’ are proving to be a ‘problem’.
‘Obviously, we’ll see how this plays out legally for him and where this ends up going,’ White told reporters after the UFC 266 ceremonial weigh-ins.
‘It’s hard to bring this guy to Las Vegas for any reason. The city is not good for Jon Jones. And here we are again. It’s not even shocking anymore.
Dana White revealed his frustration after UFC star Jon Jones (above) was arrested in Las Vegas
‘When we bring him here, it’s almost expected. You can’t even get him into Las Vegas for less than 12 hours to induct him into the Hall of Fame. It’s a problem, you know?
‘This guy has a lot of demons, man. A lot of demons.’
After the ruling from the judge, a ‘biological specimen shall be submitted to the appropriate forensic laboratory for genetic marker analysis’, online records say.
Jones was released from Clark County Detention Centre on Friday after posting bail, having been arrested the same morning. His bail was set at $8,000 (£5,845).
UFC chief White admitted Jones has ‘demons’ and said his run-ins are proving to be a problem
Jones was detained just hours after being inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame (pictured above)
His detention came just hours after he was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame for his colossal UFC 165 scrap with Alexander Gustafsson.
Speaking to ESPN, Jones’ advisor Richard Schaefer said: ‘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.’
As reported by MMA Fighting, according to Nevada statues, domestic violence battery can be punished by six months in jail and community service.
‘Bones’ is facing up to charges of alleged domestic violence and tampering with a vehicle
Meanwhile, tampering with a vehicle where there is damage totalling over $5,000 (£3,653) is a felony, and can be met with between one and five years jail time.
Jones was arrested in March 2020 on charges of aggravated driving while intoxicated (DWI), negligent use of a firearm and driving with no proof of insurance.
He pleaded guilty to the DWI charge, serving four days under house arrest and agreeing to one year of supervised probation among other punishments.
The other charges were dropped.
After vacating his light heavyweight title, Jones has started bulking up to move to heavyweight
In 2015, Jones was also involved in a hit-and-run, and was stripped of his UFC light heavyweight championship belt.
His last fight came in February 2020 when he successfully defended the light heavyweight title against Dominick Reyes at UFC 247.
Since then, he’s vacated the title and started bulking up with the hope of moving up to the heavyweight division.