Nearly a year after winning the UFC light heavyweight title, then failing a drug test, Jon Jones may soon learn his fate.
Jones’ manager, Abe Kawa, spoke with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour on Monday, and believes that USADA is taking its time in giving Jones a suspension, due to his standing as a top fighter.
“It’s complicated,” Kawa said. “USADA does a very good job. People are banging on them and hating on them. There’s things I do not agree with with USADA. I’ve told them behind closed doors things I don’t agree with. But USADA does a very good job. They’ve done a very good job cleaning up the sport. It’s imperative that they get this right. It’s imperative that they get this case right, because of who Jon is. And I think they’re doing the best they can to get it right. With that being said, I’m confident that we will have a decision soon. I just don’t want to put a date on it and say, it’s gonna come down at this time, it’s gonna come at that time.
“There is a decision coming and it’s hopefully sooner rather than later.”
Kawa told Helwani that his client is already training for a comeback, even though it may be a long ways away.
“He’s in a good place,” Kawa said. “He’s anxious to get back more than anything. People you say you get that itch — he’s got an itch, man. It’s bad. I actually feel bad for the next guy that fights him. I really do. Not saying he’s going to take it all out on him. But he’s sharpening his tools to where you thought he was good before, wait until you see him now.”
Whether or not Jones is able to, Kawa believes the best possible scenario would be Jones fighting the winner of Stipe Miocic’s UFC heavyweight title defense against Daniel Cormier at UFC 226. Jones is looking at Georges St-Pierre as an inspiration, following his return from a four year layoff in a win over Michael Bisping.
“When he saw GSP do what he did, it actually lit a fire under him,” Kawa said. “He said, ‘Man, you know what, if he can do that after four years, why can’t I? Why can’t I go out there and do that?’ Or whatever it might be. So, Jon, never once did he say, ‘I’m gonna quit, I don’t want to do this anymore.’”
Original Story: MMA Fighting