Malki Kawa, Jon Jones’ Manager, Does Not Know If The Former Champion Will Return To MMA
Jon Jones has had a rough few months. After failing a drug test prior to the Daniel Cormier fight, he was arrested last week for a felony hit-and-run, resulting in Dana White stripping him of his title and suspending him from the UFC indefinitely.
Since then, his camp has been fairly quiet. And being that there is an impending trial, there is currently no time table for the athlete’s potential return to the sport. And during The MMA Hour, Jon Jones’ manager, Malki Kawa, went on the air to shed some light on this subject.
“It could very well be the last time we’ve seen Jon Jones in the Octagon,” Kawa told Ariel Helwani. “I think Jon Jones is [going to] focus on Jon Jones. I think he’s [going to] take the time to do whatever he’s got to do. And if it’s the last time we’ve seen him fight, it’s the last time we’ve seen him fight.”
“Whatever he decides is the reason why he won’t come back to the sport, but it’ll be solely on him,” the manager continued. “I’m not gonna blame anything or anyone for anything Jon Jones does…. Everything that’s Jon Jones’ is Jon Jones’. The good, the bad and the ugly.”
Still, even after saying this and discussing Jones’ latest actions, Kawa still believes that the former champion will go down as the greatest light heavyweight champion of all-time. “He’ll still go down as the greatest of all-time and no one is gonna convince me otherwise. No other fighter has done what he’s been able to do and I don’t think anyone has been able to impact the sport the way he has.”
Jon Jones, at age 23, was the youngest in UFC history to win a belt and has the record for most title defenses in the light heavyweight division. He also has an all-time record of 21-1, with his only loss coming from a disqualification for illegally using an elbow during The Ultimate Fighter 10 final.
But while his fighting resume is flawless, people will certainly be distracted by his out-of-the-ring antics, which includes drunkenly driving into a telephone pole, failing a drug test because of cocaine and now fleeing the scene of a hit-and-run.