Jon Jones’ manager Malki Kawa spoke to MMAFighting’s Luke Thomas in a recent interview where he gave us an update on the current status of the former 205lb champion.
It’s hard to look upon it in the same way now, but when UFC 214’s main event fixture between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones was through, it really did feel as though the story of Jon Jones had reached its peak.
The dramatic rise and fall that led ‘Bones’ to recapturing his title in such emphatic fashion was a fairytale ending to the troubled year or so that preceded it, one that managed also to put to bed one of the most entertaining and truly vicious rivalries we have ever seen in this sport of mixed martial arts.
Order seemed to be restored in the light-heavyweight division and with that, the game’s greatest talent once again took his rightful spot atop the pound-for-pound rankings.
For all the doubts about Jon’s ability to deal with the pressures that filled his life, though, no one could have predicted the next twist in his long and turbulent saga.
We all, of course, know the current situation with the (practically) unbeaten former-champion, and while his failed USADA test could see him come away with a potentially career-ending ban from competition, doubts still remain over how intentional his most recent misdemeanour actually was.
Speaking on the latest edition of MMAFighting‘s Luke Thomas’ popular Sirius XM radio show, Jon’s manager Malki Kawa gave a pretty optimistic update on his future and how we can all expect to hear something more concrete within the next month or so.
“By the end of this month I think we get some clarity on the issues. We have a hearing with the California State Athletic Commission and we’re hoping to get the investigation with USADA wrapped up by then, as well.
“Hopefully it all works out that way. I got to assume that by the end of March, for a fact, we will get this resolved and get an idea of what it’s looking like. I’d like to say about a 95-percent chance [that we see Jones fight by the end of the year].
“If USADA is a respectable organization, which I think that they are, and they take all the information they compiled, all the interviews that they’ve done and all the things they’ve seen, they know for a fact that Jon Jones was not cheating and he was not intentionally taking any kind of substance.
“I think they know that and everybody can come to that conclusion based on the circumstances of his situation. That’s the most I am going to say at this point because it is obviously ongoing and I don’t want to piss those guys off.
“Jon went out and got a polygraph test. I hear everyone shooting it down, but the truth is, when a guy knows he is innocent he’s going to go through every measure to prove he is innocent.”
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena