An unexpected turn of events, Jon Jones who has not fought for quite a while has parted ways with his manager, Malki Kawa. Jones and Kawa have had a long 11 year partnership prior to parting ways. It will certainly create a lot of speculations as to why they parted ways.
After an 11 year journey as @JonnyBones management team, First Round Management and Bones have amicably decided to part ways. We are proud of him and the work we’ve done. We wish him the best going forward.
— FirstRoundMgmt (@FirstRoundMgmt) April 26, 2021
There is a big issue as to why the Jones vs Ngannou fight has not officially booked, could it be because of Kawa’s fault? For those who don’t know, Kawa is also the manager of BMF holder, Jorge Masvidal where they also had trouble with coming up with a deal for their first potential match with Kamaru Usman.
Dana White also reported that Jones demanded a guaranteed $30M for the potential Ngannou fight to which Jones denied claims of coming up that type of numbers.
I never discussed wanting 30 million with you or Hunter @danawhite just wondering where you heard that number? Is someone speaking with you on my behalf or…
— BONY (@JonnyBones) April 23, 2021
Dana White just responded with an “ok” to the denies. Some fans are speculating that it was his manager that said the $30M, hence the reason for their split. These are just speculations and are not yet proven, we have yet to hear the side of Jon Jones himself as for the reason for their split.
Malki’s official statement for the recent news:
Sometimes it’s best to just walk away. Glad to have repped the p4p best fighter in @jonnybones for the last 11years. No this had nothing to do with his Ngannou negotiations. Jon has been handling that negotiation on his own and has been as he wanted to speak for himself when it came to the last few fights, so no, sorry fans, you can’t blame me. We all agreed it was just best to start over. @abraham and I are working on a lot of major things at #frm and sometimes you just have to know when to say when.
It seems that Jones is the one that is truly in negotiations which is hard to believe. What is the point of getting a manger, if the fighter itself is making the negotiations considering it might potentially be the biggest fight of his career and that speaks highly since we all know how much Jones has achieved throughout his career. Both parties seem to respect their decision.
As for Jones, what will be his next move? He could find another MMA manager that could make his contract with the UFC much easier. Obviously the fight to make is the Jones vs Ngannou but due to some pay disputes, fans might need to wait a little bit longer.