MMA gym suspends former champion Jon Jones


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MMA gym suspends former champion Jon Jones

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is currently unable to enter the confines of his former mixed martial arts gym following an arrest last month in Las Vegas.

Jackson Wink MMA spokesman James Hallinan wrote in a statement to ESPN that Jones is “temporarily suspended” from the Albuquerque, New Mexico gym following charges of serious injury or vehicle tampering and a misdemeanor charge for domestic violence. Jackson Wink’s coaches Greg Jackson and Brandon Gibson still plan to train Jones outside of the gym, as long as he doesn’t get into trouble, according to the statement.

“Jon Jones has been temporarily suspended from training with the Jackson Wink Academy team,” the Hallinan statement read. “Coach Jackson and Coach Gibson will continue to train with Jon off-site as long as he maintains his commitment to a healthy and positive lifestyle.”

Jackson Wink MMA head coach Mike Winkeljohn first mentioned Jones’ suspension Wednesday on The MMA Hour. Jones had trained at Jackson Wink in the days after the arrest, but not as part of the full team.

“I told him, ‘Jon, this is the deal, man. You’re like my little brother. You have to stop drinking and fix these things for a certain period of time until you get back to the gym,'” Winkeljohn said on the show. “So right now, he’s out of the gym. He’s not allowed into the gym, because I feel like he had to. Ignoring him and expecting different results, as they say, is crazy.”

In a tweet that has been deleted, Jones expressed his disappointment, writing: “I had a heartbreaking conversation on the phone with one of my longtime coaches last night, it really hurts to lose the support of someone I respect so much. A heartfelt thank you to everyone. rest of the coaches for staying in the fight with me. Our journey continues. “

Jones, 34, allegedly “slammed his head against the front hood” of a police vehicle, causing a medium-sized dent and chipping paint during his arrest in the early morning hours of Sept. 24, according to the arrest report. Obtained by ESPN from the Las Vegas Metro Police Department. Police were called by security at the Caesars Palace hotel, when a woman informed them that Jones had been physical with her.

The woman, whom ESPN does not identify, told officers that Jones grabbed the back of her hair to prevent her from leaving the hotel room, but did not hit her. However, officers observed the woman with a swollen lower lip, a red mark on her upper right cheek, and blood on the hotel clothing and sheets.

In an interview with police, Jones denied touching the woman. He has a court date scheduled for October 26 in Las Vegas.

Jones has had multiple run-ins with the law in the past, including multiple DUI arrests and a felony hit-and-run in 2015.

“I have too much trauma to consume alcohol, my brain just can’t take it anymore,” Jones wrote on Instagram four days after the arrest. “I will leave alcohol in my past forever.”

UFC President Dana White said, when asked about the case, that the promotion will see how it unfolds legally.

Jones vacated his UFC light heavyweight title, which he held on and off for nearly a decade, last year. He is expected to fight for the UFC heavyweight title next year.


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