Jon Jones ‘Temporarily’ Suspended From Long-time MMA Gym

Jon Jones has been suspended from his long-time mixed martial arts gym.

News broke Wednesday afternoon that Jones is “temporarily suspended” from Jackson Wink MMA in Albuquerque, New Mexico, spokesperson James Hallinan told ESPN. The decision follows the fighter’s charges of felony injuring or tampering with a vehicle and misdemeanor battery domestic violence.

“Jon Jones has been temporarily suspended from training with the Jackson Wink Academy team,” Hallinan’s statement read. “Coach Jackson and Coach Gibson will continue to train with Jon offsite as long as he keeps his commitment to a healthy and positive lifestyle.”

Jones posted a tweet, which has now been deleted, in what seemed to be his thoughts on the news.

“Had a heartbreaking conversation over the phone with one of my longtime coaches last night, really hurts to lose the support of someone I respect so much. Sincere thank you to the rest of the coaches for staying in the fight with me. Our journey continues.,” he wrote.

He followed up the deleted tweet with two other ones.

Jones, 34, allegedly “smashed his head onto the front hood” of a police vehicle, causing a medium-sized dent and paint chipping during his arrest in the morning of September 24, the police report stated.

The woman – who ESPN did not identify – said Jones grabbed her hair to prevent her from leaving a hotel room they were in, but did not hit her, despite officers seeing a swollen lower lip.

The incident happened just hours his fight against Alexander Gustafsson was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.

Jones has been released on bail, but is due back in court on October 26.

“I’m very disappointed. It’s tough. The hardest part is when you hear that his daughters said that you’ve gotta call the police officers,” Coach Mike Winkeljohn said on “The MMA Hour.”

“It’s just tough because, from my standing, I’ve got three daughters. I have a wife, three daughters, a mom. I teach women’s self-defense called Smart Girls Self Defense. It just makes it hard when he keeps getting in trouble. But I just had a conversation with him. I said, ‘Jon, here’s the deal man. You’re like my little brother. You have to stop drinking and fix these things (before) you come back to the gym.”

He vacated his UFC light heavyweight title and is looking to debut in the heavyweight division next year.

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