Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jamahal Hill has found himself in legal trouble, facing charges of misdemeanor domestic violence after allegedly assaulting his brother, as reported by TMZ.
Hill was taken into custody at a Kent County (MI.) jail in the early hours of Monday and was released on the same day. The state prosecutors have levied a charge of misdemeanor aggravated domestic violence against him, citing the alleged infliction of “serious or aggravated injury” upon his brother, James Anthony Hill Jr.
While Hill Jr. is identified as either a current or former resident of the ex-champion’s household, corroborating sources have confirmed the familial relationship between Hill and his brother.
The MMA community was informed about the incident through a released mugshot of Hill by a public information officer from Kent County. Additionally, a police report has been requested through a freedom of information request, further delving into the incident.
Scheduled to appear in court in January to address the charges, Hill's representative, Brian Butler of Suckerpunch Entertainment, declined to comment on the matter when approached by MMA Fighting.
This recent legal issue marks a stark contrast to Hill's previous media appearances. Just last month, Hill made headlines after being part of a protest in New York City. He found himself briefly trapped in a van following an event connected to UFC 295, later being escorted to safety by police and UFC security.
Moreover, Hill was among several fighters who publicly supported UFC CEO Dana White following an incident where White was filmed slapping his wife after she slapped him in a nightclub. Hill's contentious stance extended to journalist Ariel Helwani, who expressed a willingness to engage in a physical confrontation over an interview conducted by Helwani with Jiri Prochazka.
As the legal proceedings unfold and the MMA community digests this startling turn of events, Hill’s future in the sport remains uncertain, casting a shadow over his once-promising career.