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Jon Jones, Chuck Liddell help defuse tension during George Floyd protests

Jon Jones, Chuck Liddell help defuse tension during George Floyd protests

Both UFC legends were out in their separate communities trying to prevent violence

Protests against police brutality swept the nation over the weekend following the death of George Floyd. On Sunday night, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was attending protests in his hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico, when he encountered some people that were vandalizing property. Jones ended up requesting that they hand over their spray cans to him, and they obliged.

The encounter was caught on tape and Jones shared it on his Instagram page.

"Is this s–t even about George Floyd anymore?!?" Jones wrote in a caption to go along with his post. "Why the f–k are you punk ass teenagers destroying our cities!?? As a young black man trust me I'm frustrated as well but this is not the way, we are starting to make a bad situation worse. If you really got love for your city (505), protect your s–t. All you old heads need to speak up, call your young family members and tell them to come home tonight."

Jones expressed his feelings on the death of Floyd last week and called for "nationwide policy change."

"There needs to be a nationwide policy change," Jones wrote in a recent tweet. "When a man is in handcuffs and is screaming that he cannot breathe. Get the f–k off his chest and or neck. If you cant hold a man who is in handcuffs down by his feet you're a p—y and probably shouldn't be wearing that badge."

Jones then on Monday was back out in the streets helping in the clean up efforts in Albuquerque and encouraging everyone to do their part in the aid.

Lots of work to do out in the streets today men. If you’re a real one, call your boys and get to work. #merica 💪🏾💪🏼💪🏻

— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) June 1, 2020

Like Jones, former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell also attempted to curb looting and violence during protests recently. In Huntington Beach, California, Liddell was seen trying to defuse tension between people and keep the protests peaceful.

"It's good to see people defending their city. It's just terrible," Liddell said. "Violence begets violence. Violence doesn't help anybody. We all know what happened was wrong. Everyone I know thinks it was wrong. It's hard to watch. But this does not help. Destroying cities, destroying people, hurting people does not do any good for anybody. Protest all you want, but just do it peacefully."

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