Jon Jones denies domestic abuse allegations following his expulsion from Jackson-Wink MMA gym
The man almost universally viewed as the greatest mixed martial artist to have ever compete in an MMA cage has made headlines over the last 14 days for all the wrong reasons. Last month came the ugly news of his arrest by Las Vegas police over claims of domestic violence against his fiance, following his induction into the 2021 class of the UFC Hall-of-Fame.
Then On Tuesday, there was the stunning revelation that “Bones'” long-time lead trainer and mentor Mike Winkeljohn — one of the owners of the Jackson-Wink MMA gym — informed his protege that he was no longer welcome at the facility that helped to turn him into an Octagon superstar.
Jon Jones banned from Jackson-Wink MMA
“I just had a conversation with him. I said, ‘Jon, here’s 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 come back to the gym,’” Winkeljohn said during an appearance on The MMA Hour. “So at the moment, he’s out of the gym. He’s not allowed to come in the gym because I feel I had to do that. Ignoring it and expecting different results is insanity.”
Outside of a few workout videos with cryptic captions, the former light heavyweight champion has said very little about his most recent run in with the law, and his problems with substance abuse. However, that changed on Tuesday with a slew of posts on his Twitter account. The first of which was a now-deleted posting in regards to being kicked out of his long-time training home.
“Had a heartbreaking conversation over the phone with one of my longtime coaches last night, really hurts to lose the support of someone I respect so much,” Jones wrote. “Sincere thank you to the rest of the coaches for staying in the fight with me. Our journey continues.”
Jones responds to domestic violence allegations and arrest
In the early evening, the 34-year-old then made his first direct public response about his arrest and aforementioned problems with alcohol abuse.
“I love how people are imagining the worst possible situation in their heads and making it somehow factual. I never hit my fiance and our daughters were woken up after our confrontation. My daughters didn’t see or hear us arguing,” Jones wrote [h/t MMAFighting].
“That’s really the only thing I care to clarify. Outside of that, looking forward to moving forward without alcohol. It’s the first time in my life where I’m actually ready to quit. Glad to have the support of my fiance, family, friends, and fans.”
In the police reports from September, the officers who arrived on the scene noted blood on the lip, chin and all over the shirt of Jones’ fiance Jessie Moses. She admitted that their altercation became physical and included hair-pulling when she tried to leave the room. In the report she denied that Jones hit her, however, it mentioned one of the couples children asking a person at the security desk of the hotel they were staying at, “can you call the cops?”
Jones and Moses have been together for over 17 years.
Jones (26-1) last fought in February of 2020 at UFC 247. On that night in Houston, Texas, he defeated Dominick Reyes by unanimous decision. It was his thirnteenth defense of the UFC 205-pound title.Join the discussion on this topic...