While it remains to be seen what the future holds for former UFC champ Jon Jones, his teammate Carlos Condit, believes the controversial fighter will return to the Octagon.
Since Jones was arrested in Albuquerque, the light-heavyweight hasn’t said too much publicly, and his manager, Malki Kawa, has said there’s a possibility “Bones” might not fight again. The 27 year-old is facing up to three years in prison, after he was handed a felony charge for hit-and-run last month.
Condit recently appeared on “The MMA Hour” to talk about his upcoming, May 30th scrap with Thiago Alves (which should be fantastic by the way), and the Jackson-Wink MMA fighter relayed the following about Jones (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“Jon’s been around the gym a little bit, which is good,” Condit said. “I like to see him down there. It’s a crazy situation that he’s going to have to deal with. I think having him in gym doing what he does best, training and trying to keep that side of his life going, is a good thing. [I] Talked to him briefly, but not about incident but about situation. He said, I’ll be back, I’m going to be back. I believe him, there’s no doubt. I think there’s a good chance. In his mind he’s fighting again.”
That’s a pretty interesting revelation. Sure, most people likely didn’t have the impression that Jones was done fighting, but since he hasn’t said much, it’s interesting to hear this. Especially in light of what Kawa said recently.
Of course, all of this could depend on whether Jones is found guilty and what kind of sentence he’s handed. But, one would think Jones will be on a mission to reclaim the light-heavyweight title, which he defended a record 8 times.
Next weekend, at UFC 187 on May 23rd, Daniel Cormier will fight Anthony Johnson for the vacant title. Condit, meanwhile, will be fighting on May 30th for the first time since last March.