UFC superstar Jon Jones made headlines again back in September for yet another run-in with the law. Jones was taken into custody for misdemeanor battery, domestic violence, and tampering with a police vehicle in Las Vegas, directly after his fight with Alexander Gustaffson was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. Although the news spread quickly, UFC fans were unfortunately not surprised, given his history.
However, there’s a big talking point in this story that isn’t being discussed nearly enough. The resulting split between Jones and his long-time home, Jackson-Wink Gym in Albuquerque, N.M.
Mike Winkeljohn, the co-founder of the gym, said the following regarding the recent separation; “So at the moment, he’s out of the gym. He’s not allowed to come in the gym. I felt like 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’ll tell him the truth.”
Since the split, Jones has joined MMA Acoma Gym, an affiliate school connected to Jackson-Wink Co-Founder Greg Jackson. Jones announced the move on Instagram with a lengthy caption including the following: “I won my first world title out of this gym. I am grateful to have this comfortable place for both my local and visiting training partners to come enjoy. The best is yet to come!”
UFC fans have to wonder how this dynamic will play out between Mike Winkeljohn and Greg Jackson as they continue to run their gym together. As Jones makes his way through the legal process surrounding his ongoing case, fans can only hope we see one of the best in the sport’s history return to action in the Heavyweight division.