Reigning UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones, was arrested early Saturday morning after crashing his Bentley into a utility pole near his hometown in Ithaca. Jones’ management team confirmed the arrest stating, “The facts of this situation are still being gathered and situated.”
The Broome County Sheriff’s department reportedly took Mr. Jones, into custody at approximately 5 a.m. EST.
Jones’ management team released a statement:
“I can confirm that Jon Jones was arrested early this morning on suspicion of DUI,” stated manager Malki Kawa. “While the facts of this situation are still being gathered and situated, First Round Management fully supports Jon, and we are asking for fans and media to respect the privacy of Jon and his family during this time.
Dana White comments, “I’m a realist. You can’t expect all these people to be perfect. I understand they’re role models. They’re human beings. They’re going to make mistakes. I’m one of those guys that believes we’re all going to make mistakes – it’s how you handle it after you make that mistake that tells you who you really are.”
From Jon Jones this morning via facebook:
Man I haven’t added anyone new to my Facebook page in like three years and right now I’m so glad that I haven’t. It has literally been sickening to have so many people try to kick me while I’m down. At the same time, I totally understand, I gave them the leeway to. I screwed up, big time. Just needed to say thank you to all you guys for being amazing friends/supporters
Always having to deal with so many critics, haters and fickle mma fans, I almost forgot how strong of a home base I had (607 and people that knew me before I was a champion fighter). Although the hell that will come with this hasn’t even started yet, I want you guys to know how much better you’ve all made me feel, not only about this situation but about life, everything. It’s good to feel that people are there and care. With that being said, I felt I should apologize to you first.
I’m truly sorry to those of you that I may have embarrassed in any way, to those of you with kids that I may have let down. I will prove to them as well as to myself, that no matter what is happening in life, we can always work our way back and make things even better than before. Reading you guys uplifting comments was a great reminder for me to not give up on who I am or all the hateful people. I’m not gonna allow this situation to outweigh the positive. I love you guys right back and I promise to make things right. PS sorry about the terrible grammar
Here’s the full HD Video from last night’s big fight. Always a tough competitor and a fighter’s fighter, Diego “The Dream” Sanchez takes on Jake Ellenberger in the Main Event @ UFC on FUEL TV in Omaha, Nebraska on February 15th, 2012.
After Nick Diaz’s recent decision loss to Carlos Condit, and GSP out for another 9-10 months… this fight has HUGE implications in the Welterweight division.
The winner of this fight is likely facing Carlos Condit where he will defend his interim Middleweight belt. The winner of that moving ahead to face GSP.
The loser of this fight is likely to be facing a pissed of Nick Diaz.
MMA FACT OF THE DAY: Jake Ellenberger’s UFC Debut was against Carlos Condit. Ellenberger took the fight for an injured Chris Lytle. In a controversial split decision, the fight went to Condit by judges decision.
In the age of the overproduction of sports and of stage-managed “moments,” rarely does a connection between an athlete and his fans feel authentic. Sure, fans “know” their favorite athletes: what their mansions look like, which starlets they date, what they say on Twitter. But these sort of athlete-fan interactions seem tested before focus groups, directed by teams of public-relations consultants rather than inspired by authenticity.
That was not the case Wednesday night at the main event of UFC on FUEL TV 1, when local boy Jake Ellenberger came out from the bowels of the aging Omaha Civic Auditorium. As his walkout song played — “Coming Home,” of course, by Diddy-Dirty Money — the adoring Cornhuskers who packed this venue erupted. This was the city where Ellenberger grew up, the place he returned to in 2005 as a US Marine Corps veteran, and the place where he now was an assistant wrestling coach for University of Nebraska-Omaha, which had won three straight Division II national titles before the program was dropped.
Some great fights are streaming now on facebook before the televised fights at 8PM on FuelTV!
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