Jon Jones hasn’t said much publicly since he was arrested recently in Albuquerque, but the fighter’s manager has expressed doubts as to whether the ex-champ will fight again.
Jones’ manager, Malki Kawa, appeared on “The MMA Hour” on Monday, and of course, he was asked to weigh-in on “Bones” and his legal troubles. As you almost certainly know, Jones recently received a felony charge for hit-and-run, and is facing up to three years in prison. The fighter was also stripped of the UFC’s light-heavyweight title.
Here is some of Kawa had to say about Jones’ future (quotes via MMA Fighting.com):
“It could very well be the last time we’ve seen Jon Jones in the Octagon,” Kawa said. “I think Jon Jones is gonna focus on Jon Jones. I think he’s gonna take the time to do whatever he’s gotta do. And if it’s the last time we’ve seen him fight, it’s the last time we’ve seen him fight. And I’m OK with that.”
Kawa reportedly didn’t get into specific details about why he made those comments, but he did add this:
“…It’s just too much. If you don’t fight a guy on seven days notice, you’re trash. If you stop a mugger, you’re a great guy, thanks so much. Now you’re the new world champion, you have to do all these interviews. There’s so much that goes into it. It’s not just him, that’s what I’m trying to tell you. You see it with GSP, you see it with Anderson.”
It’s pretty easy to see why Kawa’s comments are making headlines no? Jones is innocent until proven guilty, we know that, but it certainly sounds like there’s a lot going on behind the scenes.
So, now the MMA world will wait to see how Jones’ trial goes, and then what the 27 year-old decides to do next.
Jones is coming off a decision win over Daniel Cormier, which extended his overall a record to 21-1. Cormier, meanwhile, will face Anthony Johnson for the vacant title at UFC 187 on May 23rd.