Report: Jon Jones’ Manager Doesn’t Believe Champ is Turning “Heel”
By FCF Staff
As Jon Jones continues to reign as UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion, and furthers his impressive legacy, he’s also taken plenty of fire from critics in recent months. So much so, a narrative has been created, questioning whether the renowned fighter is going out of his way to rile up his detractors.
Case in point, recently Jones posted a video, defending his desire to fight Daniel Cormier next. The 26 year-old even reminded critics that it was his decision to make, since it’s his “career”, and not theirs.
The fighter’s manager, Malki Kawa, recently appeared on “The MMA Hour” and offered this take on whether Jones is turning “heel” (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“I don’t think he’s turning heel, I think what’s going on with Jon is that he’s maturing, and he’s becoming more comfortable saying how he feels and not worrying too much about media backlash. People don’t understand how Jon is — Jon wants to be a good example, especially for the young kids. He wants people to look up to him and see that he is a guy who put a lot of hard work into what he does. It’s not just something that came to him because he’s 6-foot-4 with long arms, he’s a guy that works really hard to get better at what he does everyday.”
Kawa also relayed that a break down in communications where partially to blame, as to why it took longer for the UFC and Jones to book his next fight. Jones has ultimately decided to face Alexander Gustafsson next, September 27th at UFC 178.