Following Ciryl Gane’s “Lazy” Remark, Jon Jones’ Longtime Manager Provides an Inside Update on UFC Heavyweight Debutant

Published 02/23/2023, 2:15 PM EST

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The long-awaited return of Jon Jones is finally upon us. And the former Light heavyweight champ has never really looked more prepared than he does now. This can be confirmed more so after his response to opponent Ciryl Gane‘s recent comments that had to do with him not taking training too seriously. ‘Bones’ appeared to have played it down, maintaining that he has continued to train hard for the fight. Now to add to this, his manager Malki Kawa too has made a fresh statement on it, claiming that his client will step inside the Octagon in the best shape of his life.

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Jones and Gane will clash on UFC 285 for the vacant heavyweight title. While this fight will mark the former champ’s return after more than three years, what’s crucial is that it comes in a division completely new to him.

Malki Kawa reveals Jon Jones will be in prime shape heading into the fight

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Sharing an update on his Instagram story, Malki Kawa revealed his confidence in his client. Mentioning that he had a phone call with the 26-1-0 record holder, he stated that the former champ would be heading in prime shape into the fight.

“Talked to bones yesterday. He will be in prime shape for this one.” Wrote Kawa.

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Now considering that ‘Bones’ too had recently tweeted how seriously he’s been taking his training ahead of his heavyweight debut, Kawa’s statement just confirmed what was already known. Also, the fact that the manager and Jones have been working together for over a decade definitely puts more weight on the news itself.

Jones is suspicious of Ciryl Gane’s remarks on being lazy

Responding to claims that Gane wasn’t exactly serious about his training, especially when he didn’t have a fight booked, the 35-year-old had earlier expressed his doubts about that statement.

Jones tweeted: “I smell a trap, either way, doesn’t matter, I’m training my ass off.”

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The interesting disclosure by the French heavyweight had fans and fighters all wondering if he was genuine about the statement. And Jones, being the smart fighter, responded aptly to it.

His confidence, too, has been soaring ahead of his heavyweight debut. Despite not having set foot inside the cage since UFC 247 when he beat Dominick Reyes in a close fight, the 35-year-old has expressed his continued belief in his skills. Although it is yet to be seen what game plan he employs once the cage doors are closed. One can, however, expect Jones to rely more on his wrestling caliber against Gane, who many believe to be a much better striker.

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Ultimately, what exactly unfolds on fight day can’t really be forecasted; especially when someone like Jones with his impressive resume steps in. How do you think the fight plays out? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Pragjyoti Singh

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Pragjyoti is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. He is extremely passionate about MMA and has a good understanding of the sport and its technicalities. Having trained in the sport along with a passion for journalism, it has helped him develop a keen interest in the UFC and anything related to the promotion.
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