Malki Kawa made the media rounds on Monday, telling anyone who would listen that Jon Jones wasn’t a “snitch.”
In appearances on both "Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show” and on "The MMA Hour,” Jones’ manager insisted that the former UFC light heavyweight champion didn’t give up information on peers and teammates in order to have his USADA suspension reduced.
“I can just tell you without a shadow of a doubt that Jon did not tell on any teammate,” Kawa told Helwani.” “Jon did not tell on anyone in MMA. Jon did not do anything that these people are saying he did. So all that, ‘He’s a snitch’ and all that stuff, we can put it to bed. He did not do that.
“There’s other things that took place in here. There’s other things that Jon did with himself. There’s things that USADA – and the arbitrator and everyone involved – got from Jon about Jon that they had never had before.”
Last week, USADA announced that an independent arbitrator had decided to give Jones a reduced 15-month sanction for his failed drug test at UFC 214. As a second-time offender — Jones tested positive for banned estrogen blockers in relation to UFC 200 — “Bones” was looking at as much as a four-year suspension. The statement in part pointed to Jones providing “substantial assistance” along with the belief that he didn’t intentionally ingest the banned substance Turinabol.
Per USADA, “substantial assistance” is covered in Article 10.6.1.1 of the UFC’s anti-doping policy:
There are two avenues in 10.6.1 of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy which allow for a reduction in sanctions: 1) an individual can get a sanction reduction if he or she provides information that results in USADA or another anti-doping agency bringing forward an Anti-Doping Policy Violation against other athletes or support personnel; and/or 2) a reduction can be given if the information results in a criminal or disciplinary body bringing forward a criminal offense against individuals. Importantly, if the athlete or support personnel fails to continue to cooperate and provide credible substantial assistance, USADA will reinstate the original sanction. These rules set out in 10.6.1 are crystal clear and if they are not met, an individual would not be considered for a reduction based on substantial assistance. Because the substantial assistance relates to ongoing matters, USADA is unable to provide any further information.
Kawa was adamant that Jones hasn’t been in a situation that would allow him to have the type of information to be some type of informant for USADA.
“It’s not like Jon Jones is sitting around in a room watching guys do steroids and then turning around and saying, ‘Oh, wait a minute, I just got popped, I’m gonna go tell on my poor teammates that I know for a fact are sitting in a room doing it, because I just watched them do it,’” Kawa said on “The MMA Hour”. “That’s not what happened. Jon goes to training, he trains and he leaves. There’s no hanging out in a room, there’s not going to a bathroom, there’s no shooting somebody up. He doesn’t do that.”
Jones is eligible to return to the UFC on Oct. 28. However, UFC President Dana White has stated the the fighter will not compete at UFC 230 on Nov. 3 event though the card does not yet have a main event. Instead, it is more likely that Jones will step back into the Octagon next year.