Jon Jones’ manager Abe Kawa provides update on USADA situation

Jon Jones

We’ve been waiting a long time for USADA to reach their verdict on Jon Jones’ July 2017 failed drug test. The good news is that, according to Jones’ manager Abe Kawa, we should all have some clarity soon.

Kawa updated on Jones’ situation on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour.

“It’s complicated,” Kawa said (transcribed by Marc Raimondi for MMA Fighting). “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. 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.”

Given how torturous the wait for updates on Jones’ situation has been for all of us, one can only imagine how stressful it’s been for Jones himself. Apparently, however, he’s in pretty good spirits.

“He’s in a good place,” Kawa said. “He’s anxious to get back more than anything. People 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. 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.”

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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 6/5/2018.