Former UFC light heavyweight titleholder Jamahal Hill has found himself entangled in controversy yet again, this time due to an alleged domestic altercation involving his brother.
In the midst of July this year, Hill engaged in a friendly basketball game during International Fight Week. This event brought together active and retired UFC competitors. Tragically, this event resulted in a severe Achilles injury for Hill.
Consequently, he had to give up his 205-pound title and start an extensive road to recovery.
Adding to the setbacks hindering his return to the Octagon, news surfaced today that Hill faced arrest and subsequent booking into Kent County jail on charges of domestic violence.
The revelation initially sparked controversy when TMZ unveiled the arrest on social media with the headline “Ex-UFC Champion Jamahal Hill Arrested For Domestic Violence.”
According to fans, the headline implied that Jamahal Hill was detained for allegedly striking a woman. But the former UFC light heavyweight champion was actually charged with assaulting his brother, James Anthony Hill Jr.
Under Michigan law, incidents involving individuals within the same household can be categorized as domestic violence. In this instance, Hill’s brother was reportedly residing with him temporarily. This led to what some argue was a misleading headline.
Amidst the turmoil, Jamahal Hill has maintained silence and refrained from issuing a public statement. His manager Brian Butler-Au of Sucker Punch Entertainment addressed the situation on Twitter.
He wrote: “The recent “click bait” headlines about @JamahalH were based on an alleged dispute between him and his older brother. Jamahal adamantly maintains his innocence and denies the false accusations. We will not be commenting anymore about this until the truth comes out in court.”
The 32-year-old athlete faces charges of misdemeanor aggravated domestic violence. His court appearance slated for January will potentially shed light on his future course of action.
Regarding his MMA career, Hill anticipates an Octagon return in the first half of 2024. He is eyeing a shot at the light heavyweight title he previously vacated. His intended opponent for this anticipated return is the newly crowned champion, Alex Pereira.