ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) — He’s known for his knockouts in the ring but UFC championship fighter Jon “Bones” Jones also has a softer side.
Now, the fighter is asking for help finding his very rare cat who’s gone missing in Albuquerque.
It’s not every day that a cat like Jones’ goes missing. The cat is an exotic crossbreed cat that can be worth up to $25,000. Now Jones is offering a reward to get it back.
Training in Albuquerque, Jones is working towards his next UFC fight, but said his missing pet has also been a distraction.
“His name is Mufasa,” said Jones.
Mufasa is Jones and his family’s pet cat. However, he’s not just any ordinary house cat. Mufasa is an African Serval Savannah cat. The cats are known for their mix of domestic and wild qualities.
They’re also known for their size. In video provided by Jones, Mustafa can be seen standing on his hind-legs around four-feet tall peering over a kitchen counter. It’s no stretch to call Mufasa “one big boy.”
“The cat is about 20 pounds, he’s a lot taller than the average cat, I mean if anyone sees him they would know right away that he’s not your typical house cat,” said Jones.
Jones, who’s the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, lost Mufasa in Albuquerque where he stays several months out of the year to train.
Jones says Mufasa escaped from his northeast Albuquerque home near Constitution and Carlisle on Saturday, April 5th. He says someone saw Mufasa on Monday, eating on a porch near Tulane and Lomas, but Mufasa took off.
Now, Jones is fearing the worst: that his rare cat is roaming the streets with no idea how to fend for himself.
“I’m sure he’s probably really hungry at this point and that’s why the reward is so big,” said Jones.
Jones is now offering $1,500 to whoever helps get Mufasa home safe.
He said the exotic cat is shy with wild instincts but not dangerous. The cat is about one-year-old and weighs about 20 pounds. Mufasa is colored orange, white and black. On his hind legs, he can stand around four feet tall.
“If see the cat, definitely don’t try to pick him up or pet him. He’ll probably hiss at you but if you see him just follow him and contact us,” said Jones.
Jones is hoping for a happy reunion.
“The cat means a lot to my family,” said Jones. “We just hope we can really get him back.”
Jones said if you see Mufasa don’t try to chase after him or pet him. He said the best thing you can do is feed the cat and call his family quickly.
If you have any information, call Ricky Kottenstette at 505-304-1790.