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UFC champ Jon Jones arrested on DWI, firearms charges

"As part of the investigation into this incident, our Gun Violence Reduction Unit will test the firearm and bullet casing..."

Unfortunately, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is in hot water once more, as he has now been arrested on multiple charges. 

There are certain fighters who simply seem to be involved in controversy. Colby Covington often finds himself at odds with other fighters, media, fans, and even the UFC. However he has perpetuated an antagonistic persona which he thrives on. Jon Jones, unfortunately, seems to find himself in controversial situations, and he has now been arrested.

According to a police report obtained by MMA Fighting, Jones was arrested just past 1 AM today, local time in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The report states that Jones was arrested for aggravated DWI as well as negligent use of a firearm. The Albuquerque police were responding to gunshots that had occurred when they approached Jones, who was in his vehicle. The UFC light heavyweight champion claimed that he knew nothing about any gunshots.

Police noted that Jones seemed intoxicated, and he admitted to driving earlier with intent to drive again. He then failed all sobriety tests. After that he took a breathalyzer test, showing results at or above twice the legal limit. After that he was arrested, police found a handgun under the drivers seat, as well as a bottle of liquor under the passenger seat. The gun led to a charge of negligent use of a firearm.

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“As part of the investigation into this incident, our Gun Violence Reduction Unit will test the firearm and bullet casing to determine whether the gun has been used in any crimes,” Gilbert Gallegos, communications director for the Albuquerque Police said in a statement sent to MMA Fighting. “Reducing gun violence in Albuquerque is our top priority.”

Unfortunately this is hardly Jones’ first run-in with the law. In 2012 he was arrested for driving under the influence, an in 2015 he was arrested for a hit-and-run incident. After pleading guilty to the latter arrest he was sentenced to 18 months of supervised probation.

In terms of fighting Jones has kept busy, racking up three straight wins since winning back the title in December, 2018. However his last two wins come with somewhat of an asterisk. He defeated Thiago Santos via a close, highly contested split decision at UFC 239 last year. In his most recent title defence against Dominick Reyes, Jones won a decision – Though not without controversy. Many felt that Reyes had done enough to earn a nod from the judges, but to no avail. As of now, he has no fight scheduled, but is presumed to make his next title defence against Poland’s Jan Balchowicz.

Will Jon Jones getting arrested again affect his next UFC fight?

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With roots in muay thai and as an avid combat sports fan, Sebastian Vendel-Martinez grew up while the MMA scene was blossoming in Sweden. He became part of the MMAnytt team in 2012 and has gone on to become one of the most prominent MMA reporters in Scandinavia. Currently he continues to work as a writer, reporter, video producer/editor and head editor for