Former two-time UFC light heavyweight champion, Jon ‘Bones’ Jones has been asked to leave his longtime training facility, Jackson-Wink MMA in Albuquerque, New Mexico — with facility leader, Mike Winkeljohn urging the Rochester native to abstain from alcohol consumption.
Jones, 34 was arrested near the Ceasars Palace casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 24. last — where he was charged with battery domestic assault, allegedly against his fiancée, as well as injuring or tampering with a vehicle. Jones is alleged to have headbutted a Las Vegas Metro Police Department cruiser during his arrest and handcuffing, resulting in a medium-sized dent as well as causing the paint to chip.
Speaking with mixed martial arts reporter, Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour this evening, Winkeljohn described Jones as his “little brother“, but addressed his recent arrest, explaining how the former two-time light heavyweight champion is no longer allowed to train at the Jackson-Wink MMA facility until he abstains from alcohol consumption.
“I just had a conversation with him (Jon Jones),” Winkeljohn told Helwani. “I said, ‘Jon, here’s the deal. 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.“
“So at the moment, he’s out of the gym,” Winkeljohn confirmed. “He’s not allowed to come in the gym. I felt like I had to do that, because ignoring it and expecting different results, as they say, is insanity. He’s got a lot of ‘yes’ people around him that won’t tell him the truth. He might hate me for it, but I’ll tell him the truth.“
Winkeljohn went on to explain how Jones was “disappointed” with his coach’s decision to banish him from the facility, had hoped they could have “talked it out” regarding the situation.
When details regarding Jones’ arrest back in September came to light, Winkeljohn explained that he himself was and still is “very disappointed” regarding his student’s alleged actions.
“I’m very disappointed,” Winkeljohn explained. “It’s tough. The hardest part was when you hear that his daughters say ‘you’ve got to call the police officers’. I’ve got three daughters, I have a wife. I teach women’s self-defense. It just makes it hard when he keeps getting in trouble.” (H/T MMA Fighting)
UFC president, Dana White has condemned Jones’ latest run-in with law enforcement, explaining how the organization is no longer surprised due to his chequered past with infringements.
The promotion’s middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya, a rival of Jones, also questioned if the charge of alleged battery domestic violence against his fiancée, Jesse, had been the first time he had been involved in an alleged incident with her.
Posting on his official Twitter, before deleting it, he addressed his split from his longtime camp amid his arrest and charge. Jones claimed that he was hurt to lose the support of Winkeljohn.
“Had a heartbreaking conversation over the phone with one of my longtime coaches last night,” Jones tweeted. “Really hurt to lose the support of someone I respect so much. Sincere thank you to the rest of the coaches for staying in the fight with me. Our journey continues..“
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