MMA champ Jon Jones confiscates spray paint cans from protesters in New Mexico
Santino Honasan on Jun 02, 2020 11:02 AM
(AP Photo/Eric Jamison, File)
In the past few days, the United States has seen numerous protests against racism and police brutality all over the country, following the tragic death of George Floyd, an un-armed African-American man who was killed at the hands of Minneapolis Police.
While some of the protests have been peaceful, others have also devolved into riots and looting, which has taken the attention away from the real reason behind the acts of solidarity.
Numerous athletes and people with platform have voiced their support for the protests and some have even taken to the streets to walk with the people.
Some have also gone the extra mile to make sure that protests remain peaceful and non-destructive, as what (former?) UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones did in his neck of the woods in New Mexico.
Jones, who trains out of the famed Jackson-Winkeljohn Gym in Albuquerque, posted a video of himself confiscating spray paint cans from protesters.
Is this shit even about George Floyd anymore?!? Why the fuck are you punk ass teenagers destroying our cities!?? ???????? As a young black man trust me I’m frustrated as well but this is not the way, we are starting to make a bad situation worse. If you really got love for your city (505), protect your shit. All you old heads need to speak up, call your young family members and tell them to come home tonight.
"Is this sh*t even about George Floyd anymore?!?" 'Bones' wrote on the post.
"As a young black man, trust me I'm frustrated as well, but this is not the way. We are starting to make a bad situation worse. If you really got love for your city, protect your sh*t," he continued.
The following day, it looks like Jones and some of his Jackson-Winkeljohn teammates got to work, helping rebuild some of the establishments that were affected by the protesting.
"Lots of work to do out in the streets today, men. If you're a real one, call your boys and get to work," Jones said.
Prior to this, Jones has been in the headlines this past week.
Following what appeared to be failed negotiations for a super-fight with top heavyweight contender Francis Ngannou, it looks like Jones has vacated the light heavyweight strap amid pay disputes.
In a series of tweets, Jones confirmed that he was vacating his title and even suggested a title bout between top contender Jan Blachowicz and former title challenger Dominick Reyes.
#ESPN Reyes vs Jan For the UFC light heavyweight championship of the world. As of right now, I got nothing to really gain fighting either of them. Let me know if you guys want to set up a day in 2021 for that Izzy fight. Hopefully you guys will be willing to pay by then.— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) May 31, 2020
Bones out, when you see me in the streets just call me JJ ????????— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) May 31, 2020
To the light heavyweight title Veni, vidi, vici— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) May 31, 2020
The 32-year old Jones is considered as one of the best ever in the sport of mixed martial arts, and is arguably the best light heavyweight to ever step inside the Octagon. Jones's list of wins reads like a who's-who of light heavyweight greats, including Shogun Rua, Rampage Jackson, Rashad Evans, Vitor Belfort, Alexander Gustafsson (twice), Lyoto Machida, and Daniel Cormier.
Jones' legacy however is clouded by his issues outside the cage, which has led to him being stripped of the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship twice in the past.