Jon Jones facing battery charge

Robert Vallejos, MMATorch Managing Editor

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Mar 2, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Jon Jones (red gloves) and Anthony Smith (blue gloves) during UFC 235 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Jon Jones facing battery charges from strip club incident in April.

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is facing a battery charge stemming from an incident that occurred at at strip club in April.

According to a report by KRQE News 13 in Albuquerque, a cocktail waitress alleges that Jones slapped her while also pulling her down to his lap and kissing her neck.

The waitress also alleges that Jones put her in a chokehold and picked her up against her will. Jones allegedly continued to touch the waitress inappropriately until leaving the establishment.

Battery charges were filed against Jones shortly after the alleged incident.

However, according Jones’ team, the fighter only learned of the charge as KRQE was reporting the story.

A representative for Jones told KRQE, “Today, the media told Mr. Jones about a false accusation launched against him and that paperwork had been sent to an incorrect address. However, after receiving the documents from the press, Mr. Jones immediately went to pay the small fee, and he, and multiple witnesses, stand ready to factually refute the malicious lies being told about him to the public.”

Jones payed the cash bond, therefore, the warrant against him is lifted. Officially, Jones is facing a petty misdemeanor. However, a conviction can still result in jail time.

Jones’ next court date has not been scheduled.

Despite his unparalleled success within the UFC, Jones has had various issues with the law.

In particular, Jones has faced several legal issues Albuquerque.

In 2015 Jones was convicted of leaving the scene of an accident involving a pregnant woman. A year later, Jones violated his probation due to alleged drag racing.

After report of the alleged incident circulated Jones responded via Twitter.

Jones stated, “I’m definitely not in any trouble..don’t be so quick to believe everything you read on the internet.”

In another Tweet, Jones wrote, “I know there’s a whole bunch of people hoping for my downfall but there’s even more who are proud of me and love seeing me do well. And screw staying inside, I love this community.. excited to keep climbing, haters going to be mad when I win in December.”

Earlier in July, Jones defeated Thiago Santos via split-decision at UFC 239. After the fight Jones indicated that he would like to fight again in December.

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