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Midnight Mania! UFC releases Luis Pena, but not Jon Jones, for domestic violence arrest

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Domestic violence allegations have been on the front page of MMA news far too often in the last few weeks. Obviously, it’s always wise to think carefully before jumping to conclusions, but having a pair of UFC Hall of Famers arrested for domestic violence charges within weeks of one another, well, it’s not a great look to say the least.

Ultimate Fighter (TUF) contestant Luis Pena found himself in hot water for similar charges, allegedly striking two women “with a closed fist,” the first being his girlfriend. As a result of the details released, ESPN has confirmed that Pena has been released from the UFC. Pena leaves the roster with a 5-3 record inside the Octagon.

Following the conclusion of tonight’s “Contender Series” bouts, UFC President Dana White was asked about Pena’s situation and whether or not the thought process behind his release could be applied to Jon Jones. White explained that the details in Pena’s case were particularly bad, but he was sure to mention that anyone could be fired for such an offense.

“Well, this was a bad case. We knew that he had problems before that we were trying to help him with, and yeah, this is a nasty one,” White began, before being questioned about Jones specifically. “Something like that [getting released] could happen to anyone. It could happen to anyone.”

At the moment, details regarding the Jones’ arrest are still a bit unclear, but stay tuned for further updates.


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