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UFC fighter Jon Jones charged with battery domestic violence in Las Vegas

Jon Jones steps on the scale during the

Jon Jones steps on the scale during the UFC 247 ceremonial weigh-in at Toyota Center on February 07, 2020 in Houston, Texas.  Credit: Getty Images/Ronald Martinez

Former UFC champion Jon Jones has been charged with misdemeanor battery domestic violence and injuring or tampering with a vehicle after being arrested early Friday morning in Las Vegas, according to records posted on the Las Vegas Metro Police Department's website.

Jail and court records showed Jonathan Dwight Jones, 34, posted $8,000 bail and was due for an initial court appearance Saturday, with an Oct. 26 date for prosecutors to file criminal charges. The domestic battery charge is a misdemeanor. The vehicle charge is a felony, with damage reported at more than $5,000.

Jones, who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was in Las Vegas for the UFC Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Thursday night. His 2013 light heavyweight title defense against Alexander Gustaffson was being inducted into the "Fight Wing" of the Hall of Fame.

ESPN first reported the news of Jones' arrest. Jones was arrested at 5:45 a.m. Friday at Caesar's Palace, the Associated Press reported.

Jones (26-1, 1 no contest) last fought in February 2020, winning a unanimous decision over Dominick Reyes to defend his light heavyweight title. Six months later, he vacated the title and announced he would be moving up to the heavyweight division where he planned to challenge for that championship.

Jones' UFC career has been defined as much by misbehavior outside the cage as by his excellence in it.

In 2012, a year after becoming the youngest champion in UFC history, Jones was arrested for DUI after crashing his Bentley into a telephone pole in upstate Binghamton, New York.

Jones then lost his title in 2015 when he was arrested and charged with a felony stemming from a hit-and-run accident in New Mexico in which he broke a pregnant driver's arm.

Jones pleaded no contest to disorderly conduct in 2019 after an incident with a waitress at a strip club in Albuquerque, and he was arrested last year in Albuquerque on charges of aggravated driving under the influence and negligent use of a firearm.

Jones has failed several drug tests from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which runs the UFC's antidoping program.

He was forced out of a fight with Daniel Cormier at UFC 200 in 2016 after testing positive for two banned substances that he blamed on a sexual enhancement pill.

He then tested positive for an anabolic steroid in 2017, prompting the UFC to strip his light heavyweight title for a second time. The California State Athletic Commission overturned the result of his victory over Cormier at UFC 214, and Jones received a 15-month competitive suspension.

With The Associated Press

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