“Brock Lesnar, you want to know what it feels like to get your ass kicked by someone 40 pounds lighter? Meet me in the Octagon.”
That was the challenge Jon Jones threw out into the world following his victory over Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 in July 2017, a bout which was later changed to a no-contest.
More than a year later, those words are still hanging around.
But now, after Lesnar stormed the Octagon at UFC 226 in July, it’s a fight against Cormier, who defeated Stipe Miocic for the UFC heavyweight title on that show, which is on everyone’s mind. Too bad this hasn’t stopped Jones from planting more seeds into the minds of fans regarding a scrap against the current WWE Universal champion.
“Fighting Brock Lesnar is aways appealing,” said Jones on the UFC 232 conference call. “That’s a win-win situation. That’s a huge money fight and that’s me fighting a guy who’s a hell of a lot bigger than me and everyone wins in that situation.
“I win because of the courage it takes to step in there against a guy who’s way bigger than you, I win because of the pay-per-view that will follow, the fans will win. It would be great for the sport and it’d be good for everyone involved. So I’m totally up for that.”
Jones (22-1, 1 NC) is currently slated for a rematch against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232 on Saturday in Inglewood, Calif. Jones previously edged out Gustafsson in their initial meeting at UFC 165 in September 2013. However, since this victory, the man known as “Bones” has found himself neck deep controversy following a series of failed drug tests and hit-and-run incident in Albuquerque.
Against Gustafsson he will look to reclaim the UFC light heavyweight title he was stripped of following his most recent failed drug test.
Lesnar (5-3, 1 NC), on the other hand, has not fought since his decision win over Mark Hunt at UFC 200 in July 2016. However, not long after after his win, it was revealed Lesnar had been flagged for a potential anti-doping violation, stemming from an out-of-competition drug test prior to his fight against Hunt. Days later, Lesnar was flagged again, this time from an in-competition test.
As a result, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency handed Lesnar a one-year suspension alongside a $250,000 fine. His victory over Hunt was also turned into a no contest.