Malki Kawa, manager of former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones, recently stated that he isn't ruling out the possibility that fight fans have seen the last of "Bones" inside the Octagon.
That's because Jones was stripped of his title and suspended indefinitely (details) for his part in a hit-and-run accident a few weeks ago in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
If Jones decides -- for whatever reason to not attempt a return, which would be odd -- the mixed martial arts (MMA) world would no longer be entertained by one of the best to ever compete in the sport. And while most would be upset, others --like Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson -- don't care either way.
Don't get it twisted: The talented pair would love nothing more than to compete and defeat "Bones;" however, the 205-pound contemporaries won't beg him to return to the cage, either. At least that's what both men expressed during today's (Weds., May 13, 2015) UFC 187 conference call.
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"Well, I think he will. I think he'll be back, this is what he does. Jon Jones is a fighter and I don't think that he would want to walk away from the sport under the circumstances. For everything positive he's done in this sport, to walk away with this black cloud would be unfortunate. So, I do believe he will come back. But, do I care? I mean, I would love to fight him again, but that is really his decision. I'm not going to beg him to come back. He can come back if he wants to."
"DC" and "Rumble" are set to square off at UFC 187 on May 24, 2015, for the vacant 205-pound title left behind by Jones.
As for Jones, he's been rather quiet since the incident and has been busy "working on himself." Depending on how long that takes, Cormier, for one, says Jones should get an immediate shot at reclaiming his title if he does eventually return to the cage.
"I believe he should. Anytime you rule a division for as long as he did, when he comes back he should get a title shot immediately. I think it does depend on the time. If he's gone for a really long time, I mean, is he really going to want to fight for the belt right away or will he want to take a tune up fight first? You leave that up to him."
It's a sentiment that "Rumble" also shared (full UFC 187 conference cal audio replay here).
Hopefully, "Bones" can avoid the jail time this legal expert expects him to receive as punishment, which would expedite a potential return.
In the meantime, check out the latest fight card and rumors for the upcoming UFC 187 pay-per-view (PPV) event right here.