Jon Jones has broken his silence and vowed to stop drinking alcohol after he was arrested in Las Vegas.
The UFC star was in Sin City to be inducted into the Hall of Fame for his historic clash with Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165.
But hours later he was arrested at Caesars Palace on charges of alleged domestic violence and vehicle damage in his latest incident outside of the cage.
Jones was released from custody and will make his first court appearance on Saturday.
And in his first message since his arrest, the former light-heavyweight champion has vowed to give up alcohol and focus his lifestyle on preparing for a heavyweight clash in the UFC.
"I have way too much trauma to consume alcohol, my brain literally can't handle it anymore," Jones posted on Instagram. "I will leave alcohol in my past forever.
"Now it is time to work harder than ever, turn this nightmare into the best thing to ever happen in my life. What the devil means for bad, god means for good. Get back on my horse."
Jones' latest arrest follows a string of brushes with the law throughout his career.
The last came in New Mexico on charges of aggravated DWI, negligent use of a firearm, possession of an open container and no proof of insurance.
But despite his behaviour outside of action, Jones intends to return to the cage against the winner of Francis Ngannou's clash with Cyril Gane.
He relinquished his 205lb world title back in 2020, after victory over Dominic Reyes at UFC 247 with the intention of switching to the top weight.
Several have now criticised the American in the wake of the arrest who is largely considered one of the greatest competitors of all time in the cage.
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This includes Colby Covington, who has branded Jones a "scumbag hall-of-famer" on social media, after the incident was first reported.
UFC president Dana White has also commented on the incident in Las Vegas, questioning Jones' "demons".
"It's hard to bring this guy to Las Vegas, for any reason," White said. "This city is not good for Jon Jones, and here we are again.
"It's not even shocking anymore. When we bring him here, it's almost expected. We can't even get him to Las Vegas for less than 12 hours and induct him into the Hall of Fame. It's a problem. This guy's got a lot of demons, man, a lot of demons."
Israel Adesanya has also weighed in on the arrest, mocking his one-time rival for his series of "mistakes".
"I'm sure y'all will give him 'one more chance' lol," Adesanya posted on Twitter. "I swear I said he's gonna f*** up again, he can't help it.
"Now here we are. I've made mistakes in my time, I learn from them. But yeah positive vibes guys."
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