Additional Time Granted To Prosecutors To File Charges Against Jon Jones Following Las Vegas Arrest

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Prosecutors have received additional time in order to press official criminal charges against former two-time undisputed UFC light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, following the Rochester native’s arrest in Las Vegas, Nevada in September last. 

Jones, 34, was arrested by responding law enforcement officers from the Las Vegas Metro Police Department on September 24. last near the grounds of the Ceasars Palace Hotel & Casino where he was charged with misdemeanor battery domestic violence and a felony charge of tampering or injuring a vehicle. 

Jones’ fiancée, Jessie Moses is alleged to have gone to the security booth of the Ceasars Palace hotel and casino requesting a key to the hotel room her, Jones, and their children were staying, before the couple’s children asked the security officer to contact the police. According to responding detectives, blood was found on Moses’ lip, person, and clothing.

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Jones is also alleged to have headbutted a police cruiser during his arrest near the hotel and casino’s grounds, resulting in a medium-sized dent and causing paint to chip. Jones is described as becoming “extremely agitated” during his arrest by responding officers. 

Jones was in Las Vegas, Nevada in order to attend the UFC Hall of Fame ceremony where he was inducted into the Fight Wing, just hours before his arrest.

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Prosecutors granted additional time to file criminal charges against UFC star Jon Jones

This evening, according to an initial report from MMA Fighting reporter, Damon Martin, prosecutors were afforded additional time in order to file an official criminal complaint against the former light heavyweight champion, with a court hearing for Jon Jones now expected to take place on January 31., 2022. 

In the weeks following his arrest, Jon Jones was suspended by longtime head coach, Mike Winkeljohn from attending longtime home base Jackson-Wink MMA in Albuquerque, New Mexico — and has recently trained alongside former two-weight champion, Henry Cejudo at Fight Ready MMA in Arizona.

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Jones also recently berated users across his official social media who discussed his latest arrest and alleged battery domestic violence charge against his fiancée, claiming they had their priorities wrong. 

Jones also claimed he was 60 days sober amid his admitted alcohol abuse issues — 58 days following his September 24. arrest, before correcting himself in a later tweet, detailing how he had miscounted the actual period of sobriety.

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