Content Warning: This article describes scenes of domestic violence.
Police documents following the arrest of former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones allege a violent evening in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, which saw him commit domestic violence and damage a police vehicle just hours after a UFC Hall of Fame event.
It was reported last week that Jones had been arrested and charged with misdemeanor domestic battery and injuring or tampering with a vehicle. After a 12-hour hold period in a Nevada jail, Jones was released with an $8,000 bail.
Jones was arrested around 6 AM on September 24th, per documents from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police, which were obtained by Marc Raimondi of ESPN.
Jones allegedly caused damage to a police car while resisting arrest, becoming “irate” and smashing his head into the front hood of the car, causing damages. The report described Jones’ arrest as an “emotional roller coaster,” where he threatened lawsuit and broke down in tears at one point.
The former UFC champ’s altercation with police came late on Friday morning. Authorities were responding to a domestic disturbance call at hotel Caesars Palace, where it was reported that a woman was bleeding from “her nose/mouth.”
The report details that a Caesars Palace employee came into contact with a woman Thursday night that feared heading back to her hotel room. When asked if she was okay, she allegedly broke into tears. The woman was later brought into a security room of the building.
When interviewed by police, the woman claimed that Jones had been physical with her, only describing that her hair was pulled and the back of her head was touched.
Police observed a swollen upper lip and a red mark on the woman’s upper right cheek. They also discovered blood on the bedsheets of the hotel room in question.
The arrest came only hours after Jones was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame for his 2013 fight against Alexander Gustaffson. At that event, Jones described his mission to return to action in the second quarter of 2022 at heavyweight.
Jones is expected to return to court on October 26th regarding his charges.
Jones has had numerous run-ins with the law before, pleading guilty to DWI (driving while intoxicated), DUI (driving under influence), and felony hit-and-run charges in the past. He also pleaded no contest to a battery charge in 2019, following an alleged incident with a waitress at a strip club.