After a year that has seen Jon Jones stripped of the light-heavyweight title, his agent has admitted that the star’s relationship with the UFC isn’t exactly great.
Jones has had a rocky year to say the least. The former champ made headlines earlier in the year, after it was disclosed he tested positive for cocaine, and then there was his well documented arrest. Several weeks ago the UFC reinstated Jones and he’s expected to face his rival Daniel Cormier next.
Well, recently Jones’ agent, Malki Kawa, appeared on “The MMA Hour”. When he was asked to comment on the status of Jones’ relationship with UFC brass, the agent said this (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“I think his relationship with the UFC is OK,” Kawa said. “I think it’s a professional, working relationship. I think there’s a lot of repair that has to happen on both sides. There’s just a lot of things that need to get aired out and talked about and I think that will happen.”
And really, this shouldn’t come as a surprise, as Jones certainly has some issues with the UFC himself.
The former champ wasn’t pleased to hear that according to a Deadspin report, Vitor Belfort tested for high levels of testosterone prior to their bout in September, 2012, and the UFC allegedly knew about it (the promotion has denied any cover up). That fight came about after Jones was publicly blasted by Dana White, for not fighting Chael Sonnen on short notice at UFC 151.
So, in other words, there’s a lot of things to iron out here. Clearly. It will be interesting to see how things unfold in this respect, over the coming months.
Cormier-Jones II has yet to receive an official date, but it’s believed the bout will take place in early 2016.