It’s no secret that former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones (26-1, 1 NC MMA, 20-1, 1 NC UFC) has been a lightning rod of controversy both in and out of the famous UFC Octagon throughout the better part of his career as a fighter.
In recent years, this has come to a head, culminating in a ban from his previous gym last month.
Jon Jones’ Past Legal Troubles
More than five and a half years ago, in March of 2016, Jon Jones was arrested on a violation of his probation amid citations on illegal drag-racing, failure to show his license plate, and weaving, among other charges– with this coming five days after a prior traffic stop.
As a result of the earlier booking, Jon Jones was sentenced to 18 months of supervised probation from a prior hit-and-run accident in April of 2015.
An expectant mother sustained a broken arm at the time of the hit-and-run.
Jones’ scheduled tussle against Ovince-St Preux, booked as the headlining bout of the following month’s UFC 197 pay-per-view for the promotion’s Interim Light Heavyweight Championship, was not postponed from the flagship event as a result of his arrest.
Jones Removed as Interim Light Heavyweight Champion Amid Usada Violation Before UFC 200
Jon Jones took the interim 205-lb, strap on April 23, 2016, main event via unanimous decision (50-44, 50-45, 50-45) on the scorecards but would later be removed as the interim champion due to a USADA doping violation, having been pulled from a rematch vs. Daniel Cormier for the permanent belt at UFC 200 just three days before it was to have occurred.
Cormier instead faced Anderson Silva in a nontitle bout at 205 lbs. during the UFC 200 main card.
More Controversy From Jon Jones in Rematch’s Aftermath
When Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier finally met in the rematch during UFC 214 in July of 2017, it was again tarnished by controversy from Jones amid his positive drug test for Turinabol the day before the show, resulting in the California State Athletic Commission overturning the third-round knockout by Jones to a no-contest.
After that, UFC President Dana White reinstated Cormier as the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion.
March 2020 Traffic Stop and Rift With UFC
In March of 2020, just weeks after defeating Dominick Reyes in the UFC 247 main event in Houston, Jones was again stopped by police in Albuquerque, NM, on charges of driving while impaired, illegal use of a firearm, possession of an open container, and no proof of insurance.
A few months later, a months-long rift between Jones the UFC began, including him vacating the promotion’s Light Heavyweight Championship, with fans speculating that he might never fight again in the UFC after a war of words with Dana White.
“It’s one thing to come out and say, ‘I want more money.'”, White said at the time. “The amount of money Jon Jones wanted—first of all, in the light heavyweight division, [a rematch] between Dominick Reyes is the fight that makes sense. Is Jon Jones going to fight Francis Ngannou and then take a run at the heavyweight title? I don’t believe that. He’s never wanted to move to heavyweight before. For the amount of money he’s asking for, it’s not going to happen. He couldn’t be asking for a more absurd amount of money at a worse time.”
2021 Arrest for Domestic Violence, Jackson-Wink Ban, and New Gym
Earlier this year, just hours removed from September’s UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Jones, newly enshrined earlier that evening to the hall of fame, was arrested on charges of domestic violence, subsequently getting banned from the Jackson-Wink MMA gym a month ago, leaving him without a training facility– until Thursday.
On Veterans’ Day, Jon Jones revealed that he had joined Jackson’s MMA Acoma Gym, announcing the move on his Instagram.
“I want to sincerely thank gym owner/coach Nick Urso and everyone at the original Jackson’s MMA program for allowing me to call their dojo my new home base,” Jones said. “I was so proud to see the condition of the gym, it was so well taken care of, and the energy felt amazing, exactly the way it was before.”
Jon Jones’ next UFC opponent has yet to be finally determined, but when that fight is booked, Overtime Heroics will keep you abreast of all the latest information on the match.
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