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UFC's Jon Jones denies assault allegation

Jon Jones prior to his UFC light heavyweight

Jon Jones prior to his UFC light heavyweight title bout against Thiago Santos at T-Mobile Arena on July 6, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Credit: Getty Images/Sean M. Haffey

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is denying allegations that he assaulted a waitress in a New Mexico strip club.

Denise White, a representative for Jones, said in a statement Monday that he is confident he will be cleared of the "baseless claim."

According to White, the fighter only became aware of the battery charge against him Sunday through Albuquerque news outlets.

Jones is accused of placing the waitress in a chokehold and slapping her genitals during an April visit.

Court records show a bench warrant was issued for Jones when he never attended a bond arraignment last month. White says Jones has since paid the bond and the warrant was lifted.

"I’m definitely not in any trouble my friend, don’t be so quick to believe everything you read on the Internet, " Jones tweeted Monday morning.

Jones is coming off a split-decision victory earlier this month against Thiago Santos at UFC 239. Jones has said he wants to fight once more this year, targeting December for his next title defense.

New York Sports