Jon Jones' adviser 'shocked' by Las Vegas arrest after UFC Hall-of-Fame induction and revealing of return plans

JON JONES' new adviser Richard Schaefer admits he was 'shocked' by the UFC star's arrest last weekend.

The former long-reigning light-heavyweight champion was arrested in Las Vegas last Friday and charged with misdemeanour battery domestic violence and injuring or tampering with a vehicle.

Jones, 34, was taken into custody by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department at 5:45am – just hours after he was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.

Schaefer, who has been negotiating the former pound-for-pound king's long-awaited return, told SunSport: "Everything was really going very well.

"When he arrived in Vegas, everything was fine.

"I think when you look at the videos, the night of the hall-of-fame induction, he was great."

He added: "So everything was going great.

"And then, the next day when I wake up, I wake up to this news and I was of course shocked."

Jones hired Schaefer as his advisor in May after ending his 11-year relationship with his former reps, First Round Management.

And after having nothing but positive interactions with his Bones, Schaefer admits his client's latest brush with the law has come as a surprise.

He said: "Jon is one of the most genuine and nicest people I have ever met. So yeah, I was, of course, shocked."

Jones, who is considered by many to be the greatest MMA fighter of all time, is scheduled to appear in the Las Vegas Justice Court on October 26.

And Schaefer believes judgement shouldn't be passed until due process has played out.

He said: "And now we just need to see how this whole thing is going to play out legally before really making a rush to judgement.

"And I think the UFC is taking that same stance.

"I saw an interview with Dana [White] yesterday and he agrees with me in that we just have to see in how this whole thing plays out.

"And then we can make our opinions and we can do like – we just need to see.

We just have to see in how this whole thing plays out.

"I can't really, from a legal point of view, of course as you can imagine, talk about it."

Jones, 26-1-1NC, hasn't set foot inside the octagon since his controversial UFC 247 clash with Dominick Reyes, which he won via unanimous decision.

Bones' hiatus – which he's used to bulk up ahead of his long-awaited move up to heavyweight – has in part been down to a pay-row with the UFC brass.

But hours before his latest arrest, Jones revealed UFC chief Dana White had guaranteed a bump in pay for his 2022 return.

He said: "Dana, he guaranteed me that he would give me an increase in my next fight.

"I think it's going to be pay-per-view based. So I'm going to have to work for it, I'm going to have to sell the fight.

"I think that's something I haven't been good at in the past.

"You look at guys like [Conor] McGregor, who talks so much s**t and is so good at it.

"So good at it and so good at marketing himself. I have always just focused on winning.

"And I think when I come back as a heavyweight, I'll try to do more legally controversial sh*t so that I can maybe sell a little more pay-per-views."

SunSport has reached out to the UFC for further comment but have yet to receive a response.

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