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‘It’s the fight business’ s—t happens - Dana White on new details of Jon Jones’ domestic violence arrest

The UFC has yet to take action on Jon Jones, but company president Dana White says ‘we’ll do what we always do.’

UFC President Dana White and Jon Jones at a press conference in 2013.
UFC President Dana White and Jon Jones at a press conference in 2013.
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Just 12 hours after his UFC Hall-of-Fame appearance, Jon Jones found himself in trouble with the law again. On Friday, the 34-year-old former champion was arrested in Las Vegas on a battery domestic violence charge.

On Tuesday night, new harrowing details of the incident came to light. It mentioned how “Bones” allegedly caused physical harm to his fiancée, which led to one of their children asking hotel security to “call the cops.” Jones also reportedly headbutted a police car while in custody, which caused enough damage for a felony classification in Nevada.

Such behavior is a clear violation of the UFC’s code of conduct. But when asked about the company’s next steps, UFC president Dana White had this to say.

“We’ll do what we always do. We’re very consistent in that we watch and see how this thing plays out legally and what happens. And then we’ll make a decision from there,” White said in a media scrum after Tuesday Night’s Contender Series.

“I got 650 guys that are… there’s shit that goes on here every day. It’s the fight business, man. Every day, we got stuff going on. Stuff that you don’t know about, that we deal with on a daily basis. You guys just hear about shit that ends up in the media.

“We’ll see how this thing plays out legally with him, and we’ll go from there.”

White wasn’t at all surprised when news of the incident broke, saying it was par for the course whenever the controversial fighter was in Las Vegas. The company apparently tries to keep Jones’ Sin City visits as short as possible, but since he was with his family at the time, they gave him a pass.

“Every time we bring him here, too, we try to keep him here for a short a time as possible,” White said. “Get him in and get him out. This time, he was with his family, so we figured wrong.”

For his part, Jones promises to “leave alcohol in my past forever,” which White says should have happened “ten years ago.”