Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White isn’t surprised by the recent arrest of former champion Jon Jones.
Jones, who was brought by police Friday morning to Las Vegas on charges of domestic violence, as well as bodily injury and tampering with a vehicle, was in town for a Hall of Fame induction. White and Jones haven’t hit it off over the past year amid ongoing contract negotiations, so this weekend could have been a kumbaya moment.
Instead, Jones finds himself in jail just hours after his Hall of Fame appearance. The former UFC light heavyweight champion will spend the night behind bars until he sees a judge on Saturday afternoon.
“Obviously we’ll see how it plays out legally for him and where it ends,” White told reporters on Friday (via ESPN MMA). “It’s hard to get this guy to Las Vegas for some reason. This city is not good for Jon Jones, and here we are again.
Jones, who has taken time off from fighting to prepare for his move to heavyweight, is no stranger to legal issues. A series of previous arrests and failed drug tests have sadly put Jones on the wrong list more times than he would have liked. In fact, White isn’t too surprised to see Jones on the wrong side of the law again.
“It’s like… it’s not even shocking anymore,” White explained. “When we bring him here, it’s almost normal. You can’t even get him to spend less than 12 hours in Las Vegas to induct him into the Hall of Fame. It is a problem. This guy has a lot of demons, man. Lots of demons.
“Is it really shocking? It really is not. It has not become shocking. It’s almost like, ‘Uh oh, this guy is in Vegas, what’s going to happen today?’ You want to hope the guy is doing better and he isn’t, but he proves that every time he comes to this town he can’t handle this place.
As White evaded, we have to let this whole situation play out before we predict how things are going to turn out for Jones in the future. “Bones” was set to make his heavyweight debut in 2022, but now we have to reserve our expectations for the former champion’s career in the UFC.
Stay tuned for more updates on Jones’ recent arrest.