What to do with Jon Jones? Everyone in the MMA world is probably asking this question right now , including Jones himself. He seems completely irredeemable after yet another run in with the law. This time it was in Las Vegas, after last Thursday’s UFC Hall of Fame ceremony, where he was inducted into the fight wing for his classic first battle against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165 in 2013. The former UFC light heavyweight champion (26-1, one non contest) – who has been involved in several controversies, and had his belt stripped three times as a result of disciplinary action – was playful with the media during the event. He spoke eloquently like he always does, giving us all the impression he had his house in order. But then Jones did what he always seems to do – he let himself go out and things got out of hand. This time it resulted in a two charges: one for domestic violence, and the other for head butting a police car. Some disturbing details of the incident later emerged in a report by TMZ, including that his fiancée had blood on her face and clothes, and that one of his children had urged hotel security to call the police. After a fourth arrest since 2012, many now think the 34-year-old is unsalvageable, and it is tough to argue with them – domestic violence does not fall into the category of acceptable shenanigans whatsoever. The question now is, what does the UFC do with him? UFC president Dana White admitted his frustrations last weekend, and hinted that he has had enough. UFC 266 takeaways: Volkanovski starting to get respect he deserves “Here we are again,” he told a press scrum after the UFC 266 weigh-ins. “It’s not even shocking any more. When we bring him here, it’s almost expected. We can’t even get him in Las Vegas for less than 12 hours to induct him into the UFC Hall of Fame. It’s a problem. The guy has a lot of demons.” White could certainly cut his losses and walk away, and say Jones has used up all of his second chances. But the UFC boss is surely thinking this is a last resort, and he’s shown leniency in similar situations. White, like most of us, loves a good comeback story. But there comes a time when the comeback gets lost in the fall. Greg Hardy, who has a tarnished image dating back to his time in the NFL when he was charged with assaulting his ex-girlfriend in 2014, is a good example of how White is willing to give guys multiple chances. Hardy got those charges dropped on appeal, after the victim failed to appear in court to testify, however the NFL still suspended him, and he still found it tough to be cast as anything but a villain. The 33-year-old American’s MMA career doesn’t seem to be panning out, but White definitely has guys he’s willing to invest in regardless of knee-jerk judgments, and give them chances to rise from the ashes like a phoenix. He knows this because this is what draws viewers – great storylines along with great fighters. Jones still has serious marketing power, and there is no denying if he ever did step in the ring at heavyweight for a super fight against champion Frances Ngannou, the event would be one of the biggest UFC fights of all time. That is probably where White’s nagging thoughts are chewing at him – cutting Jones is letting a once-in-a-generational talent walk out of the door, and that is a decision you can never take lightly. Jon Jones could finally be out of second chances in the UFC There is no denying White wants Jones to step into the Octagon again, but he’s also shown it will be on his terms, and Jones is not the type of guy who can make demands now, more so than ever after this latest incident. White could flip the script, go to Jones, tell him he’s welcome to fight former champ Stipe Miocic, and set that bout up post-haste. That would give MMA fans a chance to remember what it’s like to watch a Jones fight: it is an incredible spectacle, an awe-inspiring display of raw talent mixed with lethal skills; it’s a symphony of violence performed in the most artistic of ways. View this post on Instagram A post shared by BONY (@jonnybones) Miocic would be a perfect lamb to the slaughter and suddenly the MMA world would have a new chapter in the Jones storyline to key on, rather than reading about all the things he’s done outside the octagon that has landed his mugshot on TMZ. Jones pulverising someone at heavyweight would light the blogs and websites afire, and the news cycle would churn out headline after headline: ‘Jon Jones is back’. But this option seems like a Hail Mary now, a last-ditch effort that could come from White in hopes of redeeming one the of the fighters who helped build the UFC into what it is today. White has a difficult decision to say the least, or he could wait and see how this all pans out in the courts before rendering his own verdict. If White does end up cutting Jones, it leaves a plethora of questions. Would he consider fights outside the UFC, in more promotional style settings? At 34, Jones is no longer in the prime of his career, and many thought his heavyweight excursion was going to be a one- or two-off – grab a belt, retire and walk off into the sunset with one last massive payday. That narrative has gone out of the window, and we’re left with the same questions: will this guy ever fight in the UFC again? Will it be of his own volition, or has Jones’ time finally run out? Is collectively deciding to move on to other things and a new generation of talent our only option as MMA fans? Only two men really know the answer to these questions, and right now it seems like the chances of Jones getting back in the Octagon and producing some magic are somewhere between slim and none. It would appear a small miracle is needed for one last dance involving the UFC’s “GOAT” (greatest of all time). Indeed, there might be no bigger indicator that the UFC is ready to move on from the Jon Jones circus than seeing him drop off the top of the promotion’s pound-for-pound rankings this week. Over 18 months of inactivity didn’t seem to matter, but dragging the UFC into negative headlines once again did the trick.