Details on Jon Jones’ domestic battery and vehicle tampering charges remain slim, but a Nevada judge has ruled the case can move forward.
The judge on Saturday ruled there was probable cause to arrest Jones and a “biological specimen shall be submitted to the appropriate forensic laboratory for genetic marker analysis,” according on online court records. ESPN.com first reported the news.
Jones was released from Clark County (Nev.) Detention Center on Friday night after posting bail. He was arrested the same morning at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and his bail was set at $8,000. He was scheduled to appear in court on Saturday morning but was rescheduled to Oct. 26 at 8:30 a.m. in Justice Court, per online records.
A public records request for the police report and other case details is pending.
Jones rep Richard Schaefer told ESPN.com “the facts are still developing” and “we really don’t know yet the full story,” declining further comment. UFC President Dana White on Friday told reporters the alleged charges match a pattern of trouble outside the cage for the former light heavyweight champion, who is considered by most to be the GOAT in MMA.
In 2015, Jones was stripped of the light heavyweight belt after being involved in a hit-and-run that left a pregnant woman with a broken arm. The then UFC cited a violation of the promotion’s code of conduct in releasing him, but White said executives would wait for the outcome of the most recent case.
“Obviously, we’ll see how this plays out legally for him and where this ends up going,” White said. “It’s hard to bring this guy to Las Vegas for any reason. This city is not good for Jon Jones, and here we are again.
“Is it really shocking anymore? It’s really not. It’s become not shocking. It’s almost like, ‘Uh oh, this guy is in Vegas, what’s gonna happen today?’ You want to hope that the guy is better and that won’t be the case, but he proves that every time he comes to this town that he can’t handle this place.”
According to Nevada statues, domestic violence battery is misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and community service. Injuring or tampering with a vehicle where there is damage over $5,000 is considered a felony punishable by between one and five years in jail and a fine of not more than $10,000.
Jones, 34, has long history of run-ins with the law. Prior to his most recent case, he was arrested in Albuquerque in March 2020 on charges of aggravated DWI, negligent use of a firearm, possession of an open container and driving with no proof of insurance. He pleaded guilty to DWI and served four days house arrest in addition to agreeing to one year of supervised probation, outpatient therapy, and 48 hours of community service.