The usually media-shy athlete in Brock Lesnar has issued a prompt response about a UFC super-fight with Jon Jones.
Rumors of Brock Lesnar returning to mixed martial arts have began to circle again lately. Jon Jones, who is fighting Daniel Cormier on Saturday night, fanned the flames a little bit more, saying he would love to have a super-fight with the former heavyweight champion.
“I would love to fight Brock Lesnar,” Jones said in a recent Facebook chat (5:45 mark below). “He’s a massive dude. It would be a massive draw, really big for the sport. It would be a great challenge.
“That’s a big ol’ boy. I doubt Brock Lesnar would take that fight, though. I definitely wouldn’t try to wrestle with him the whole time. I’m not going to tell you what I would do.”
“I’d do it in a heartbeat, absolutely. That’s a fight that would get mainstream America excited,” Jones said in a separate interview with BT Sport. “I would like to be part of something like that. That would be an honor, and it would be tremendous for our sport.”
It didn’t take long before the current WWE star responded.
“Would I fight Jon Jones? Anytime, anywhere,” Lesnar told The Associated Press. “Right now he should be worried about D.C. on Saturday night.”
It seems uncharacteristic for Lesnar, who normally stays away from the media, to issue such a prompt response. But with his WWE deal ending in less than a year, it would make sense for him to use a possible UFC return as leverage, much like he did before.
If he really does pursue a return to the UFC though, he will still have a lot of hurdles to overcome, and it will be unlikely for it to happen this year.
Both Jones and Lesnar failed drug tests relating to UFC 200, for similar substances. They were both suspended for a year, but Lesnar’s sentence was frozen after he officially retired last February.
Lesnar will have to return to the testing pool, then wait out the remaining months of his suspension before he will be eligible to compete again. According to Jeff Novitzky, that first part has yet to happen.