Further details have emerged regarding the arrest of former UFC light heavyweight champion Jamahal Hill in connection with allegations of assaulting his brother.
According to a police report from the Kentwood Police Department (Mich.) obtained by MMA Junkie on Tuesday, Hill's brother reported an assault that occurred on November 25. Police spoke to Hill's brother at a local emergency room and gathered information about the incident. The dispute reportedly began over a disagreement about paying Hill's sister-in-law $300 for cleaning his vacant home and escalated into a more personal argument. Hill's brother accused him of not texting his own daughter on Thanksgiving and being disrespectful to women.
In response to these accusations, a shirtless Hill allegedly "sucker punched" his brother twice in the face and shoved a female witness. Hill's brother claimed both punches knocked him down, with the second one leaving him "dazed." Despite the injuries, Hill's brother hesitated to contact the police, expressing concern about jeopardizing Jamahal's fighting career, as they are brothers.
The recent “click bait” headlines about @JamahalH were based on an alleged dispute between him and his older brother.— Brian Butler-Au (@BrianButler_Au) December 1, 2023
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.
An unidentified witness supported the account of the physical altercation and confirmed that Hill's brother was speaking truth during their argument. Police observed injuries on Hill's brother, including a swollen face, eye, and a chipped tooth. Hill was arrested without incident and charged with one misdemeanor count of domestic violence.
Hill briefly addressed the arrest in a recent YouTube video, acknowledging the ongoing legal proceedings and expressing anticipation for the truth to emerge in court. He emphasized his commitment to awaiting the legal process and encouraged those who know him and his character to stay true to their understanding of him.
Jamahal Hill speaks on his recent arrest after an altercation with his brother:— 𝐉𝐚𝐲🤼 (@JayMMA4) December 2, 2023
“All I’m going to say is…I can’t wait for the truth to be told” pic.twitter.com/BnY0kv214P
According to online records, Hill is scheduled to appear in court on January 22.
Hill, the former light heavyweight champion, last fought in January, winning the vacant title against Glover Teixeira in the UFC 283 headliner. However, he later suffered a torn Achilles tendon during a pickup basketball game with fellow UFC fighters in July, leading to the vacating of the title.
Hill is expected to return to action in the first half of 2024, potentially for a title shot against the recently crowned champion, Alex Pereira.