Is a UFC superfight between Jon Jones and Brock Lesnar something we’ll see in the near future? Apparently, both fighters are interested in it.
As he prepares for his long-delayed rematch with Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 this weekend, Jones said during Facebook Live chat that he’d love to fight Lesnar, who may be eyeing a return to MMA once again.
“I’d do it in heartbeat. Absolutely,” he said, regarding a fight with Brock. “That’s a fight that would get mainstream America excited. I want to be part of something like that.”
While Jones added that he didn’t believe Lesnar would accept a fight with him, the WWE star is apparently more than willing.
“Would I fight Jon Jones? Anytime, anywhere,” Lesnar told the AP when asked about Jones’ comments. “Right now he should be worried about D.C. on Saturday night.”
Earlier this month, reports surfaced that Lesnar has entered to the USADA testing pool, with the intent to return to the Octagon. So far, there’s been no official statement regarding his plans, but his willingness to fight Jones appears to indicate that he is at least thinking about it.
He previously returned to the UFC last summer, defeating Mark Hunt at UFC 200 in a unanimous decision. However, failed drug tests changed the victory to a no contest and resulted in a one-year suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission. In February, Lesnar notified the UFC and the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) of his retirement from MMA and was removed from the year-round testing pool at that time. In doing so, his suspension — which was originally set to expire in July — was frozen. To return, he’d need to serve out the remainder of his suspension.
Jones was once considered the UFC’s pound for pound best, but his partying ways nearly derailed his career. He previously defeated Cormier in January 2015, but was stripped of the 205-pound title after a hit-and-run accident in New Mexico. They were originally slated to fight in a rematch at UFC 200 last July, but Jones was pulled from the bout and hit with a yearlong suspension for failing a doping test.