Manager: Jones may never return

Jon Jones’ manager Malki Kawa says that the former champ may never return to MMA.

“It could very well be the last time we’ve seen Jon Jones in the Octagon,” Kawa said on the MMA Hour on Monday. “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.”

Last week, Jones was involved in a hit-and-run that left a pregnant woman with a broken arm. Earlier this year, the New Mexico native also tested positive for cocaine. Given the highly turbulent career of Mr. Jones thus far, Kawa wouldn’t be surprised if Jones takes this time to fix matters more important than his career.

“If he doesn’t come back to the sport, it’s because he doesn’t want to come back to the sport,” Kawa said. “If it was because of too much pressure? Could be. If it’s because of the belt? Could be. If it’s because the competition is too much, it could be. Whatever he decides is the reason why he won’t come back to the sport, but it’ll be solely on him. I’m not gonna blame anything or anyone for anything Jon Jones does. And no one, at the same token, can take credit for anything Jon Jones does. Everything that’s Jon Jones’ is Jon Jones’. The good, the bad and the ugly.”

Photo credit to L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Sun/AP Photo

Gab Pangalangan

Gab Pangalangan is a former collegiate national Judo champ and the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of DojoDrifter.com. You can find his other works in the Philippines' leading magazines and websites.
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