Jon Jones Manager Says, “There’s About a 95% Chance He fights in 2018”

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JANUARY 03: UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones speaks to the media during the UFC 182 post fight press conference inside the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino on January 3, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Former Light Heavyweight champion, Jon Jones’ manager, Malki Kawa spoke with Luke Thomas of MMA Fighting on Monday. The two spoke about Jones suspension where Kawa gave Jones’ fans hope of a quicker return than expected.

Jones is in the mist of his 2nd Anti-Doping USADA Policy violation. Jones was removed from his scheduled UFC 200 bout against Daniel Cormier after failing a USADA test. He was given a reduced sentence after it was revealed that Jones unknowingly took a tainted substance.

Jones was stripped of the UFC Light Heavyweight title which he won against Cormier at UFC 214, after Jones tested positive for the banned substance Turinabol from a test taken on July 28th. The test came into question after Jones passed multiple test before and after the July 28th test.

Jones is facing a possible 4-year suspension due to a second violation but Kawa isn’t expecting it.

Here is a quote from their interview:

“By the end of this month, I think we get some clarity as far as what’s going on. We have a hearing with the California State Athletic Commission and we’re hoping to get the investigation with USADA wrapped up by then, as well. Hopefully, it all works out that way. If it doesn’t, I got to assume that by the end of March, for a fact, we will get this resolved and get an idea of what it’s looking like. If USADA is a respectable organization, which I think they are, and they take all the information they compiled, all the interviews that they’ve done and all the things they’ve seen, they know for a fact that Jon Jones was not cheating and he was not intentionally taking any type of substances. I think they know that and everybody can come to the conclusion based on the circumstances of his situation. That’s the most I am going to say at this point because obviously it’s on going. I’d like to say there’s about a 95% chance he fights in 2018”.

Here is the full interview with Thomas:

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