UFC Unfiltered: Bones gets banned, Pena gets cut, and Ladd steps in

UFC unfiltered vegas sports today
Photo: Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via USA TODAY Sports

Life isn’t always rainbows and sunshine for those that participate in the hurt business.

Careers can be changed with a single punch or a momentary lapse that leaves a limb exposed to a jiu-jitsu black belt. Unfortunately, careers can also be put in jeopardy because of personal problems outside of the Octagon. This is the case for two fighters this week as Jon Jones and Luis Pena handle the fallout of their negative choices outside of the UFC. Here’s your weekly dose of the UFC Unfiltered.

Bones banned from JacksonWink MMA…for now

UFC Unfiltered Jon Jones
Feb 15, 2020; Rio Rancho, New Mexico, USA; UFC fighter Jon Jones attends the light heavyweight bout between Jan Blachowicz (blue) and Corey Anderson (red) during UFC Fight Night at Santa Ana Star Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

On the heels of his latest run-in with the law, alleged domestic abuser and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon “Bones” Jones has been asked to stay away from his home camp, JacksonWink MMA until he can get his personal life in order.

His longtime coach Mike Winklejohn was a guest on The MMA Hour where he revealed to host Ariel Helwani that he told Jones that he needed to stay away from the famed training center for a time.

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 for a certain period of time until you can come back to the gym.’

So at the moment, he’s out of the gym. He’s not allowed to come to the gym ‘cause I feel that… I don’t know, I feel I had to do that because ignoring it and expecting different results, as they say, is insanity. He’s got a lot of yes people around him that won’t tell him the truth.

He might hate me for it, but I had to tell him the truth. But in my heart… Gosh, that guy is capable of greatness. And I’m not talking about just fighting. In my heart, I hope he comes back, wins the heavyweight title, stops drinking, goes forward. He goes on to bigger things.

Oh my goodness, he’s capable… He’s so charismatic, he’s so dang smart, and he can sit down, break down fights and he can break down a lot of things in life. He’s capable of doing much bigger things than just this MMA world.

Mike Winklejohn on The MMA Hour [H/T Bloody Elbow]

Although the official police report states some pretty graphic details, Jones has denied hitting his fiancée Jessie Moses.

UFC President Dana White’s take on Jones’s latest incident: “It’s not even shocking anymore.” The company has stated that they will let this play out in the legal system before making a decision on whether or not to release the troubled fighter.

Smash cut to:

Luis Pena released from UFC after domestic violence arrest

The UFC has released lightweight fighter Luis “Violent Bob Ross” Pena after a truly horrible situation this Saturday. The incident was detailed in the official probable cause affidavit obtained by MMA Junkie.

“On the above date and time, the above defendant was involved in a physical altercation with (redacted) whom he had been in an intimate relationship with for the last 1 1/2 years. The defendant did actually and intentionally strike (redacted) in the face multiple times with a closed fist and continued to strike (redacted) while she was on the ground. (redacted) had minor abrasions to the top of her left hand, abrasions on the left wrist, and an alleged bite mark to her left knee region. While the above incident was occurring, victim (redacted) observed the altercation and attempted to step in and defuse the situation between the Defendant and (redacted). At that time, the defendant struck (redacted) in the left eye with a closed fist. The aforementioned strike caused a purple contusion to the eye region of (redacted). When struck, (redacted) fell to the ground causing a laceration to her right elbow. (redacted) and (redacted) both provided sworn statements that attested to the above information, and BWC was in use and injuries were photographed.”

Luis Pena probable cause affidavit statement

UFC President Dana White spoke to reporters at Dana White’s Contender Series post-fight press conference on Tuesday about Pena’s release.

“This was a bad case and we knew that he had problems before that we were trying to help him with,” White told MMA Junkie and other reporters at the Dana White’s Contender Series 43 post-fight news conference. “This is a pretty nasty one. I don’t know if you guys read the police report, but yeah, this one had to happen.”

I’m not sure what the difference is between Pena’s case and the incident with Jon Jones, but an unnamed, completely made up source inside the UFC had a guess:

Money.

“Rick”, a totally fabricated UFC source

Smash cut to:

UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell arrested and jailed

Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell, 51, was arrested early Monday morning on a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery.

Look, this case seems to be slightly, just slightly, different than the other two, but I still don’t really want to type out all this stuff. It kinda bums me out whichever way the incident actually happened, especially when minor children are around to witness it all.

Feel free to read TMZ’s updates on this one.

Aspen Ladd steps in for Holly Holm

UFC women’s bantamweight fighter Aspen Ladd has stepped in to replace Holly Holm against rising contender Norma Dumont (6-1).

The fight will be the main event of UFC Fight Night 195 on Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Ladd (9-1) had a scary incident just two weeks ago, as she appeared visibly unhealthy in her attempt to make the bantamweight limit of 135 pounds for a fight against Macy Chaisson at UFC Fight Night 193. The attempt failed when Ladd officially weighed in at 137 pounds. Chaisson then declined the fight and now Ladd will fight Dumont at 145 pounds.

Finally… Be kind to each other

In a week filled with all the above horribleness (excluding Ladd; unless you’re a Holly Holm stan), I’d like to encourage our readers to take time to be kind to each other.

This world has so many heartaches and people who are genuine assholes. Choose to be better.

It takes zero effort to be kind.