Former UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones has never been more focused than he currently is, according to his manager.
Jones was stripped of the 205 pounds title and indefinitely suspended after committing a hit and run in April. However, he was subsequently sentenced to community service and has now been reinstated by the UFC.
Malki Kawa, Jones’ manager, told Ariel Helwani on MM Hour that ‘Bones’ is training harder than ever before.
"The only word that can really describe Jon right now is ‘focused’. I’ve never seen him this focused. He's super focused. He's more focused than he's ever been before,” Kawa said.
“Everybody's got their opinions. He did this, he did that, whatever. That's all fine and dandy. He's still the greatest fighter we've ever seen, right.
"I've watched him through many different camps, and the coaches have told me how he does many different things through many different camps.
“This is the first time that he doesn't have a fight scheduled but he's in Albuquerque and he's actually training.
“Most of the time when he doesn't have a fight, he doesn't train at all. There's no weightlifting, there's no jiu-jitsu practice, there's no boxing, there isn't anything.
“So, this is the first time we can sit here, all of us, and say he's actually putting in some work. And he's really putting in some work."
Jones is expected to be given a shot to regain his title in his first match back, but current champion Daniel Cormier is in the midst of a self-imposed break following his first title defence against Alexander Gustafsson in early October.
Cormier has made it abundantly clear that he is eager to face Jones again, after suffering a unanimous decision loss when he challenged Jones for the title in January. However, the Louisianan has also claimed he will not face the former champ in his home state of New York.