Jon Jones believes Brock Lesnar could benefit a lot from their fight, should it push through.
When Jon Jones first delved deeper into the idea of possibly fighting Brock Lesnar, it was because he believed it would be a “winnable” fight for him. His manager, Malki Kawa, on the other hand, is seeing it as an instant money grab, more than anything else.
What is not so much being discussed is Lesnar’s gains from the fight. And according to Jones, the UFC former heavyweight champion, and WWE superstar, it can be used as leverage to where he wants his career to be headed.
“I could see it being a leverage point to get paid the bigger bucks to stick around (with WWE) or come over to the UFC,” Jones told MMAjunkie. “Either way, I think it would be great if he comes over to the UFC to get a gigantic payday, probably his biggest UFC payday. Now he has this as a leverage point from whichever direction he decides to go in. Good for Brock to have options.”
Lesnar’s suspension for his failed UFC 200 drug tests had already lapsed last July 15th, while his current WWE contract will reportedly be done after his upcoming WrestleMania appearance in April 2018.
As for Jones, both the Lesnar fight and a rematch with Alexander Gustafsson remain to be his next two options.
“I asked my coaches how they felt about it and everyone said, ‘You know what, Jon? That’s a very winnable fight, and it’s such a huge payday – why not?’ I just kept it going and have been entertaining it, and now it’s taken off,” Jones said. “It’s something that could be in the works.”
Jones is the current UFC light heavyweight champion, having knocked out Daniel Cormier in their highly-anticipated rematch back in July.