whether there were grumblings approximately a possible Jon Jones vs. Brock Lesnar showdown before, the belief for the super fight became a full-blown roar after Jones called out the former UFC heavyweight champion and current WWE Universal champion at UFC 214.
“Brock Lesnar, whether you want to know what it feels like to score ass kicked by a guy who weighs 40 pounds less than you, meet me in Octagon,” Jones said shortly after scoring a third-round TKO over rival Daniel Cormier.
The call-out sent social media spiraling and speculating approximately a possible showdown between two of the biggest stars in the sport.
Whether Jones knew it or not, Lesnar was at domestic watching UFC 214 and heard precisely what the UFC light heavyweight champion had to say.
“Be careful what you wish for, young man,” Lesnar said, according to the Associated Press.
That simple response has essentially drawn a line in the sand and dared Jones to cross it. Obviously, there are many factors that will contain to be overcome before a Jones-Lesnar showdown can be cemented. But it’s clear that these two are interested in squaring off against one another. And that’s righteous news for WME-IMG, who is looking for a gigantic money fight as Conor McGregor continues to be absent from the sport in preparation for his August 26th boxing match against Floyd Mayweather.
With Jones successfully returning from his suspension and reclaiming the UFC light heavyweight title he was stripped of, he’ll likely reclaim his plot as the top pound for pound fighter in the world. He’s toyed with the belief of moving up to heavyweight in the past and now he may contain found the perfect dance partner for his debut.
Lesnar, who saw his unanimous decision victory over imprint Hunt at UFC 200 turned to a no-contest after Lesnar failed a drug test, was hit with a one-year suspension by the Nevada Athletic Commission. He will be eligible to return once he completes his suspension and re-enters the USADA testing pool.
Jones and Lesnar contain had a bit of a back and forth in the media over the past week. Jones challenged Lesnar and Lesnar responded by telling the AP “anytime, anywhere” when Jones suggested that Lesnar wouldn’t be interested in a fight with him.
But it certainly looks like things are trending in the right direction for the super fight.