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Midnight Mania! Shevchenko Defends ‘Kind And Noble’ Jones

Midnight Mania! Shevchenko Defends ‘Kind And Noble’ Jones

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Jon Jones did it again! In the most surefire sign that the world continues to spin despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Jones once again finds himself in trouble with the law. Earlier today, police reports revealed that Jones was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), in addition to having an open container and negligent use of a firearm.

Unfortunately for “Bones,” this is not new behavior. The Light Heavyweight kingpin was stripped of his title back in 2015 after a hit-and-run incident and has a previous DUI on his record. As a result, public sympathy has been … limited to say the least.

However, Jones can count Valentina Shevchenko among his remaining friends, as the Women’s Flyweight strap-hanger took to Twitter to defend Jones.

So sad the modern world is all about hype!
Now many people starting to insult Jon Jones without knowing his real situation!
Fighting on the same card , I could see he is kind and noble man !
Him being in all that difficult times – he will be back Stronger !

— Valentina Shevchenko (@BulletValentina) March 26, 2020

As the Tweet mentions, Shevchenko and Jones both defended their titles at the UFC 247 event, and apparently the pair struck a friendship. However, it’s definitely hard to understand how the situation is “all about hype” given how many times Jones has struggled with alcohol and driving in the past.

Dominant champs have to stick together?

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#AndStill #UFC247 @jonnybones

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As mentioned, some folks have been a touch less than sympathetic:

literally everyone: *quarantined and streets empty*
jon jones:

— upenn dropout (@jv_iv) March 26, 2020

When you hear Jon Jones got arrested for a DWI and negligent use of a firearm while drinking the alcohol you’ve been promoting

— The Strangle Squad (@_StrangleSquad) March 26, 2020

Alternatively, Thiago Santos has taken the opportunity to call for a title fight with Dominick Reyes, and I AM HERE FOR IT!

I think UFCs 205 div needs a new champ! ( One thats not forever in trouble!)
I think me and Reyes deserve to fight for that belt! @danawhite @Mickmaynard2 @ufc @DomReyes @UFCBrasil @Alexdavismma @espnmma

— Thiago Marreta (@TMarretaMMA) March 26, 2020

Last post on the “Bones” topic: an ominous reminder that perhaps there could be actual consequences this time.

This moment came to mind today. March 2016, the last thing the judge told Jon Jones when he left court that day in Albuquerque, after taking a plea deal on multiple charges.

— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) March 26, 2020

When I’m bored in the house, I eat cupcakes … this is cool too!

Bored in the house @BellatorMMA

— Valerie Loureda (@valerielouredaa) March 26, 2020

I’ve run out of things to say about Joe Rogan tattoos. We need to hire a psychoanalyst and really dig into these!

Ideal quarantine mindset:

Slips, rips, and KO clips

Four real hard right hands (set up by some excellent hand-trapping) in the first few seconds!

First round destruction by Minoru Kimura in the quarterfinals #KFESTA

— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) March 22, 2020

Here’s to a classic KO:

On this date in 1967, Muhammad Ali knocked out Zora Folley in what would be his last fight before being banned from boxing and stripped of his heavyweight titles.

— ESPN Ringside (@ESPNRingside) March 22, 2020

SUMO stiff arms are far more badass than their football equivalent.

Daieisho stiff arms Ryuden and gets kachikoshi at Maegashira 1

— MEGATON (Gono Fashion Channel) (@BasedDongeezus) March 23, 2020

Random Land

A fascinating and unexpected bit of history on the cracker brand name “Triscuit” — it’s worth the click.

OK, buckle up. I wanna talk to you about Triscuit.

— Sage Boggs (@sageboggs) March 26, 2020

Midnight Music: Ever heard the original John Cale mix of The Stooges’ self-titled debut? It was rejected by Electra for being too raw, which means it is definitely worth a listen!

Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.