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On This Day in MMA History: Jon Jones Maybe Not So Damn Perfect, After All

“On This Day in MMA History” pays tribute to some of the more bizarre and infamous news stories of MMA’s past. The following article was originally published on May 19th, 2012, one year ago today. Note: We’ve placed a few more notable anniversaries at the end of this post.

BREAKING: Jon Jones Arrested for DUI in Binghamton, NY

This doesn’t look good, folks. Initially reported by and confirmed by Josh Gross, UFC Light-Heavyweight champion Jon Jones has been arrested in Binghamton, New York on DUI charges after totaling his Bentley. From TMZ:

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … Jones was involved in an accident at around 5:00 AM in Binghamton, NY. We’re told the car — which Jones crashed into a pole — was totaled and cops arrested Jones on the scene for DUI.

According to our sources, Jones was taken into custody by Broome County Sheriff and bailed out a few hours later … by his mom. Jones is from nearby Ithaca.

Fortunately for Jones, it appears that he only suffered minor injuries, and it does not appear that anyone else was injured from this accident. It is unclear whether or not there were any passengers in the car at the time of the accident.

As of this writing, Dana White’s only response to the incident has been a text to TMZ, saying “Wow, i guess its not my week is it?”. Given the week he’s had, that may be putting it mildly. Neither Jones nor his teammates will be commenting on the arrest at this time.

In and of itself, the incident isn’t too surprising: Jon Jones is a young, talented and seemingly invincible athlete. Like many other athletes in his position, Jones decided to get behind the wheel after clearly drinking too much. Or for that matter, like many of those reading this article, myself included, at one point or another. I’m not saying that drunk driving isn’t a reckless, stupid thing to do, but I also wouldn’t be surprised to see the media be harsher on Jon Jones than they would on, say, Braylon Edwards.

It will be interesting to see how this story develops. Jon Jones is the face of the UFC — and in many ways, mixed martial arts. How will the mainstream media cover this incident? How will Jones be disciplined for this? Will any of his sponsors bail on him? And how will this story be treated in the state of New York, which recently made viewing child porn legal while deeming that MMA should remain illegal? We’ll keep you up to date as more details become available.


Update: A statement from First Round Management has been forwarded to

Note: There will be no interviews granted at this time from Jon Jones, or any of his representatives

“I can confirm that Jon Jones was arrested early this morning on suspicion of DUI. 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.”

–Malki Kawa, Jon “Bones” Jones’ Manager

Related posts:
- ‘I Screwed Up, Big Time’: Jon Jones Releases Apology to His Fans Following DUI Arrest
- Jon Jones Once Got His Car Towed for Tokyo-Drift’ing Into a Strip-Club Parking Lot Like a BOSS
- Not That It Matters, But Jon Jones Had Two Chicks In His Car When He Crashed His Bentley Into a Pole 

Other notable CagePotato posts published on May 19th…

- Ricco Rodriguez Assault Arrest Began With a Cab Fare Dispute, Ended With a Police Officer Being Shoved Into a Wall (5/19/11)
- WTF of the Day: Headcase Dan Quinn Being Investigated for Death Threats Toward Dana White (5/19/12)

And finally, happy birthday to UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre, who turns 32 today. Wait a minute…that’s how old I am. And I haven’t done shit with my life. Oh man. That’s a bummer.

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dipsetkilla316- May 20, 2013 at 8:05 am
@danomite LMFAO, y would he even admit that. He thought it was a great come back to w/e nick said to him. I would tell him how much I am not impressed with his performance, but I think he owns the rights to that.
dipsetkilla316- May 20, 2013 at 8:00 am
This site just looooooooves to bash jones.
Mr_Misanthropy- May 19, 2013 at 2:56 pm
Fawkin Kee-rist who wrote this shit again?!?!

It's so old and stale and recycled and terrible it makes me want to find an old grandma dying of throat cancer, staple my balls to my leg with rusty staples and fuck her to death in her neck breathing hole. Then I will chain smoke the rest of her cigarettes and help myself to her medication and oxygen tank.
RearNakedSpoon- May 19, 2013 at 9:27 am
Hehe best picture in CP history.
Strange, i'm a proud GSP nuthugger with my birthday on the 18th and I didn't know his was so close...I need to hug tighter
CrushCo- May 19, 2013 at 9:22 am
"You have no idea how many wishes I make in my head sometimes."
danomite- May 19, 2013 at 8:53 am
It's Georges birthday today? We should send birthday wishes to him on twitter. I'm sure he'll love reading them.