Khamzat Chimaev Voices Support For Jon Jones: ‘We Are With You Legend’

    ByRoss Markey

    Feb 27, 2022
    Khamzat Chimaev

    UFC welterweight contender, Khamzat Chimaev has voiced his support for former two-time undisputed light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, amid the former titleholder’s separation from his longtime fiancé, and the release of footage of his most recent arrest in September of last year.

    Chimaev, who currently sits at #10 in the official 170lb rankings – most recently turned in his fourth consecutive Octagon victory at UFC 267 back in October on ‘Fight Island’ – stopping Li Jingliang with a wholly one-sided first round rear-naked choke.

    For Jones, the Rochester native has been out of action since February 2020 where he headlined UFC 247 against Dominick Reyes in Houston, Texas, successfully defending his light heavyweight title in a close unanimous decision win.

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    However, Jones officially vacated his title in August of that year, with the view to finally making a move to the organization’s heavyweight division in a title bout against Francis Ngannou.

    A combination of Jones’ decision to patiently prepare for a move to the weight class, paired with public negotiation fallouts with both president, Dana White and promotion officials, have so far seen Jones’ move postponed.

    Last week, however, footage of the New York native’s most recent arrest was obtained, with Jones accusing responding officers from the Las Vegas Metro Police Department of racially profiling him, as well as continually insulting them during his arrest.

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    In reaction to the footage, Jones claimed that he had been hoping the almost five-minute video had been lost, and revealed his fiancé, Jesse Moses had separated from him two months ago.

    Posting on his official Twitter account, the aforenoted, Chimaev appeared to jump to the defense of Jones.

    “We are with you legend @JonnyBones (Jon Jones) (gold medal emoji),” Khamzat Chimaev tweeted.

    Despite Chimaev’s tweet defending the former titleholder, many Twitter users insisted that the Chechen-born finisher was speaking for himself, and did not speak for them given Jones’ recent actions.

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