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Jon Jones’ manager, Malki Kawa, attempted to bat cleanup for Jones today on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show, after we read Jones’ arbitration agreement and realized he got 30 months off his sentence for “substantial assistance” in giving information about another person, either helping USADA with another drug-busting case or helping pursuit of a criminal investigation. No one in MMA had invoked rule 10.6.1.1 before, the infamous “snitching clause”, and Kawa seemed a little hazy about what it meant. He also insinuated Jones provided assistance to USADA about himself, not a teammate. Transcription via MMAJunkie.com:
“I can just tell you without a shadow of a doubt that Jon did not tell on any teammate,” Kawa, of First Round Management, said on “Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show.” “Jon did not tell on anyone in MMA. Jon did not do anything that these people are saying he did. So all that, ‘He’s a snitch’ and all that stuff, we can put it to bed. He did not do that. There’s other things that took place in here. There’s other things that Jon did with himself. There’s things that USADA – and the arbitrator and everyone involved – got from Jon about Jon that they had never had before.”
USADA provided a statement that reiterated 10.6.1.1- which explicitly states that substantial assistance is provided about another person, not oneself — “...which results in a criminal or disciplinary body discovering or bringing forward a criminal offense or the breach of professional rules committed by another person.” She also pointed out that Jones would need to continue cooperating with USADA, or the reduction would be rescinded.
In a written statement provided to MMAjunkie in response to Kawa’s interview, USADA spokesperson Danielle Eurich cited rule 10.6.1.1. She also repeated the agreement that Jones’ reduction is contingent on his continued cooperation.
“Importantly, if the athlete or support personnel fails to continue to cooperate and provide credible substantial assistance, USADA will reinstate the original sanction,” Eurich said. “These rules set out in 10.6.1.1 are crystal clear, and if they are not met, an individual would not be considered for a reduction based on substantial assistance.”
She didn’t comment on the nature of Jones’ assistance, as it involves “ongoing matters”.
This made Kawa’s statements on the nature of Jon Jones’ assistance seem less somewhat less credible.
“It’s not like Jon sits in a room somewhere and watches people do steroids, and then he’s like, ‘Hey man, guess what, my teammate over here is doing steroids,’” Kawa said. “Jon goes and trains, gets his stuff, and he goes home. He doesn’t take a shower there. He doesn’t really hang out there. He comes in, does his thing, and he leaves. So he doesn’t sit there and hang out like that, or would know about anyone that does that. He doesn’t do that. So when people say these things, to me, it’s a funny thing.
“I’m assuming if Jon’s name comes up in something, and he was to know something, he would have to be cooperative with them. But I don’t know of a deal where it’s like, ‘Hey, we’re going to continue to’ – I don’t know about that. That’s not how it went down. I don’t want to assume anything or have this turn into a disaster all of a sudden. But, from what I understand, a lot of the stuff they were talking about had to do with him – not other people.”
Jones caught substantial flak from fellow fighters over the news that he had taken advantage of clause 10.6.1.1, though nothing specific has yet become public. Kawa also mentioned that rematches with Daniel Cormier and Alexander Gustafsson are the top options in play for ‘Jonny Bones’ return.
Alexander Gustafsson is still angling for a fight with Jon Jones- under just about any circumstances.
Is this the perfect admixture of meme?
Oh. Just a couple zeros, not a big deal.
DW thought Zuffa owners' distribution at end of 2009 was $305,000. Attorney corrects him realizing there are more zeros. Instead they made $305 million. DW reply: "Oh, Awesome." https://t.co/QfnIjqawK2— Jason Cruz (@dilletaunt) September 24, 2018
Tony Ferguson, man.
Completely accurate screenshot of Conor McGregor’s Instagram.
Speaking of McGregor, he is getting vague threats from Russia -- with love.
After McGregor brought up Chechen dictator Kadyrov at the #UFC229 presser, Khusein Khaliev (a fighter who reps Kadyrov’s fight club) threatened the Irishman online. Here is one quote:— Karim Zidan (@ZidanSports) September 23, 2018
“You will have to answer for your words. I recommend you apologize as soon as possible” pic.twitter.com/OZsv6THymV
ONE Championship is evidently pursuing Eddie Alvarez.
Eddie Alvarez and ONE Championship seems to be getting close to a deal. The Asian Giant is going heavy on the negotiations, battling UFC's and Bellator's offers. Looks like ONE wants Eddie to be part of the japanese expasion in 2019, sources tell me.— Tarso Doria (@TarsoDoria) September 24, 2018
Emil Valhalla Meek living up to what we imagine his Viking ancestors might have looked like.
Eryk Anders may not have won, but he won fans with his gutsy performance against Thiago Santos... and how he has since taken the loss.
Not gonna lie, I haven’t been that tired since my wedding night— Eryk Anders (@erykanders) September 23, 2018
Dana White’s response to questions asking him about his truthfulness starts out “You’re a smart man. I’m a promoter. I promote fights. I sell fights for a living, as do other promoters.” It’s interesting seeing how he squared the circle under oath of the questionable truth value of many of his obviously grandiose statements.
Keep your thoughts, prayers and good energy sent the way of Ray Borg and his family.
My poor little guy.... we are in the ER for round 4 of surgeries. Shunt is malfunctioning and he is due for another surgery for a revision. Shit just can’t go our way.— Ray Borg (@tazmexufc) September 24, 2018
“No look no touch” is a new one on me. My question is always, how do they get their students to believe they run into force fields?
He threw it all away for a flying double hammerfist. Worth it?
Logan Paul objected to objections about his Octagon fight readiness. And when it comes to C.M. Punk, he unfortunately has a point.
damn. you’re thinking real simple D.— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) September 21, 2018
“he would get hurt badly”
you let CM fight. stop acting like you do it for the sport. paycheck = fight. you have no idea what I’m capable of. https://t.co/LzKi4tJi6f
The latest McGregor-Nurmagomedov trailer
Slips, Rips, KO Clips
You gotta feel for Roger Huerta
It’s a flurry
This body knee was perfectly timed to end Evan Dunham.
Composure is 9/10 of striking
Paris is a spectacular city to fly over at night.
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• • ✨ • Light Lanes • It’s been so refreshing taking a breather from hiking the alps to roam the beautiful city of Paris. I don’t often photograph in the city, but when the subject is as beautiful as this, it’s hard to resist clicking the shutter over and over. Headed to the Faroe Islands next for a week of some good ol waterfall chasin’. Feel free to comment any recommendations if you’ve got any. Stay Adventurous Dear Friends!!