Jon Jones reclaims illuminated heavyweight title with a third-round strike of Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 in Anaheim
Jon Jones had scarcely reclaimed his UFC name where reference is called out Brock Lesnar to be his next opponent.
And Lesnar was listening.
Right after Jones stopped Daniel Cormier in the third round at UFC 214 on Saturday, he reignited his growing rivalry with Lesnar, the former UFC heavyweight champion.
Brock Lesnar, if you want to know what it feels like to get your ass kicked by a guy who weighs 40 pounds less than you, gratify me in the octagon, Jones said on the pay-per-view broadcast.
The Associated Press reached Lesnar shortly after he watched the championship contend and then heard Jones call him out.
Be careful what you wish for, young man, Lesnar replied.
A heavyweight superfight between Jones and Lesnar would be one of the most difficult occurrences in UFC history. Lesnar is an extraordinary pay-per-view depict as likely the more popular boxer in mixed martial art, while Jones victory over Cormier is expected to set him back atop most pound-for-pound indices as “the worlds” best fighter.
Lesnar returned to MMA last year with a succes, but he is under contract to the WWE as health professionals wrestler until next spring.
Jones and Lesnar traded verbal jabs earlier in the week. After Jones said he doubted Lesnar would ever accept a fight with him, Lesnar told the AP that he would gratify Jones anytime, anywhere.
Lesnar is at least considering a return to the sport in which he won a UFC title in just his fourth professional fight.
UFC president Dana White was in the enclosure when Jones called out Lesnar, and the advertising can understand the growing buzz surrounding the matchup. White is also aware of such obstacles in its lane, including the remainder of Lesnars suspension for miscarrying a doping test last year.
Its fun to talk about, but the reality of it happening anytime soon, its not a reality, White said.
But its emphatically a lucrative possible if Lesnar decides to resume trained for MMA. Jones is the light heavyweight champ, but have all along contemplated a move up to heavyweight and his post-fight commentaries make it clear that hes interested.
Lesnar beat Mark Hunt at UFC 200 in a unanimous decision that was changed to a no-contest after the failure of the exam. He received a one-year suspension from the Nevada Athletic Commission, but could return to MMA after completing the final months of the ban.