While Jon Jones has been provisionally suspended after failing another United State Anti Doping Agency (USADA)-administered drug test for his fight against Daniel Cormier at UFC 214, the agency has yet to come down with an official punishment for the former Light Heavyweight champion.
Though that didn’t stop the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) from dropping the hammer on “Bones” after testing positive for Turnibol last July.
But according to one of Jon’s managers, a decision could be coming soon which will give clarity to what the future holds for the ex-champion regarding his mixed martial arts (MMA) career.
“It’s complicated. 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,” declared Abe Kawa on a recent edition of The MMA Hour (via MMA Fighting).
“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.”
Jones was suspended for a year in 2016 by USADA after failing a drug test. Still, “Bones” has denied any wrong doing in both cases. While there is no telling how much longer he’l lbe out for — which could be up to four years — Jones is still training and only getting better, according to Kawa.
“He’s in a good place. 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,” he said. “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.”
Despite his latest setback and mandated hiatus from the fight game, Abe says Jon never once thought about quitting. And if he has to continue to be out or an extended period, he still plans on coming back with a vengeance, just like Georges St-Pierre did after his four-year break.
“When he saw GSP do what he did, it actually lit a fire under him. 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.’”