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UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones Arrested On Multiple Charges

UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones Arrested On Multiple Charges

Current UFC Light-Heavyweight champion Jon 'Bones' Jones was arrested on Thursday morning in Albuquerque on multiple charges.

In details obtained by MMA Fighting, the 32 year-old was arrested at 1am local time, though he has since been released from custody.

According to KOAT in Aluquerque, police officers originally responded to gunshots in an area. There, they found Jones seemingly intoxicated in the driver's seat of his car. Jones subsequently scored twice above the legal limit on a breathalyser test. Furthermore, officers found a black handgun underneath the driver's seat alongside an open bottle of Recuerdo tequila, a brand which sponsors fellow UFC fighter Jorge Masvidal.

The charges levied against Jones include one count of aggravated DWI (Driving While Intoxicated), one count of driving while in possession of an open container, one count of negligent use of a firearm and another count of no proof of insurance.

Jones is no stranger to run-ins with law enforcement. In 2012, the fighter crashed his Bentley into a pole in upstate New York whilst under the influence and was subsequently bailed out of prison by his mother. Then, in 2015, Jones was involved in a hit-and-run, also in Aluquerque, whereby he collided with two vehicles after running a red light. The incident left a pregnant woman injured and Jones was stripped of his UFC title, being placed under an 18-month probation period. Furthermore, in late 2019, Jones was charged with battery pertaining to an incident in a strip club in Albuquerque. The fighter pleaded no contest and was given a 90-day deferred sentence.

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Jones' issues with substance abuse and drugs, both performance-enhancing and otherwise, are well documented.

Jones tested positive for cocaine before his UFC 182 bout with Daniel Cormier. He was allowed to fight due to it not being a banned out-of-competition substance by the USADA, subsequently defeating Cormier on points. The rematch between the two, scheduled for UFC 200, was postponed indefinitely due to Jones receiving a one-year ban from the sport for doping. His ban was extended due to again testing positive, with the fighter eventually making his return after 17 months in December 2018.

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Sean Meehan

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