The MMA world was rocked yesterday when news of UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones testing positive for anabolic steroids broke following his UFC 214 victory over Daniel Cormier. If proven guilty, Jones faces up to a four year suspension.
Jones’ agent, Malki Kawa, was recently on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani. Kawa maintains Jones’ innocence and said this is most likely due to another tainted supplement.
“He’s devastated,” Kawa said on The MMA Hour. “He’s devastated and he’s hurt.
“It’s amazing that you can go from being at the very top of the mountain, everything that you can possibly do to gain the respect the admiration of everyone involved, fans, family members, the people in the UFC, just everyone, teammates, other fighters, and then to go from that, everything he’s been through to finally doing everything perfect — because last time he was being negligent, right? — this time he was being perfect and double-checking everything to [prevent] something like this from happening to him. It’s unbelievable, it’s unreal, and we’re all pretty much shocked. We’re all shocked and devastated.
“I can almost bet my life on it that this is another tainted supplement,” Kawa said.
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Jon Jones’ team says the UFC champion “does not cheat”
Kawa continued to questions the accuracy of the tests and feels something is amiss.
“You’ve got to just take a look at the testing and how this thing went down. Jon passed two (random, out-of-competition) tests, July 6th and July 7th, … and in passing those two tests, they test for all of that stuff we failed for. So therefore, you’re talking about from the day he passed that test until the day before the fight, he would’ve had to have ingested something that would’ve caused this test to come out positive.
“The problem that we’re having with that is that he passes all of the random tests, but then the one test that we know about, the one that we for sure know about, is the one that we fail? So, something here is not sitting right. I’m assuming it’s the supplements we took. We just obviously got to get to work on it, see what was taken that month, that three-week period, that week of the fight, and figure it out from there.”
“I know Jon better than anybody, and I’m telling you, this man does not cheat. He has no reason to,” Kawa said.
Agent says to hold off on judgement because Jones could be proven innocent
Until the B-sample results come in, Kawa asks fans to hold off on judgement. He says Jones passed multiple tests leading up to the fight.
“I’m encouraging everyone to go out there and take a look at the tests he passed and the test he failed. It’s a three-week window the month of the fight. Jon has passed seven unannounced tests, and the one he’s going to fail is the one that’s announced? It’s weird to me, there’s a lot of things here that don’t add up, and to the UFC, it doesn’t add up.
“The UFC knows. They look at his tests on the 6th and the 7th, and he passed both of those, there’s nothing in his system. So for him to start doing steroids, especially the steroid they’re saying he took, he would’ve had to have been doing that steroid for awhile for it to actually do anything. He just took it to take it? I mean, to me, there’s a lot of issues with this. That’s why I just wish … they would change the way they released information, absolutely, because I think that if the B sample comes back negative, then this man just got crushed again for no reason.”
Kawa says Jones’ image has once again been wrongly tarnished.
As such, Kawa feels that USADA should have kept this kind of information under wraps until it is thoroughly investigated.
“That’s the issue I have with this whole USADA stuff. Why do you guys let this information out? Why can’t we just keep it under wraps and wait until we get the B sample cleared, why can’t we wait until we go through a process, if we choose to go through a process?”
“Here’s the thing, we’ve come back from so much already, why would I sit here and tell you something different?” Kawa said. “Absolutely, we’re going to come back from this. If we can find the source of this substance, and it is definitely again another situation where — because this time, there’s no negligence; we turned everything in, we’ve done what we’re supposed to do that I’m aware of, that I know of, my brother stayed on top of this thing the whole time. I know the coaches, everything that was being done to Jon, given to Jon, any advice — Jon was calling us, Jon was talking to us, he was communicating with us. So we were doing our job to make sure that everything was cleared with USADA and the whole nine yards.”
“There’s a lot of things that obviously go down between the time you get to a fight week and the end of the fight, and all that other stuff, the stuff that happens before, so I’ve just got to get through all of that stuff and figure it all out. But once I do that, I’m confident that we’ll be able to vindicate Jon Jones again.”