Well, this is an unexpected set of circumstances…
Although Jon Jones has fought only once in the last two years, he is still widely regarded as the best light-heavyweight on the planet. His dances with temptation and crime have seen ‘Bones’ stripped of the undisputed title, and later the interim belt.
During his last appearance, Jones looked quite human against Ovince St-Preux at UFC 197. Now, just days away from his big return at UFC 214, fans await the second part of one of the most notorious rivalries in MMA history.
Having already beat the current champ Daniel Cormier once before, ‘Bones’ seeks redemption from his past, and another future as champion.
Talk of Fighting…Brock Lesnar?
Suddenly this week the focus moved from Cormier to ex-heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. During a surprising Facebook live discussion, ‘Bones’ said he’d love to fight ‘old boy’ Brock Lesnar, but doubted the WWE star would accept:
“I would love to fight Brock Lesnar. 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 old boy. I doubt Brock Lesnar would take that fight, though. I definitely wouldn’t try to wrestle with him the whole time, I can’t tell you what I would do.”
In typical Brock fashion, the ‘jacked white boy’ wasted no time in responding:
Brock Lesnar Says Anytime…
“Would I fight Jon Jones? Anytime, anywhere,” Lesnar said. “Right now he should be worried about D.C. on Saturday night.” Per Associated Press
Currently suspended for one year due to his failed UFC 200 dope test, Lesnar will not be eligible until he serves that ban. Even so, this is a fight that fans would pay hand-over-fist to see.
Here’s what Jones’ next opponent, the reigning and defending 205-pound champion Daniel Cormier has to say:
Cormier Says The Beef is Getting Old
“I just feel like, competitively, it’s the highest level MMA that we can see,” Cormier said on yesterday’s media conference call. “I think it’s gotten a bit old because we’ve had to do this on so many different occasions. But as I’ve said time and time again, this rivalry is only a rivalry when I win the fight this weekend. If I don’t win the fight it’s no rivalry. It’s just two guys who were fighting on more than one occasion. It’s a rivalry when I win this weekend. But it’s gotten a bit old because we’ve done it so many times. But outside of that, to me, I feel like it’s the highest level of mixed martial arts that people can experience.”
UFC 214 Fight Card
Main Card (PPV, 10pm ET)
Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones [LHW Title]
Tyron Woodley vs. Demian Maia [WW Title]
Cris Cyborg vs. Tonya Evinger [Women’s FW Title]
Robbie Lawler vs. Donald Cerrone
Jimi Manuwa vs. Volkan Oezdemir
Preliminary card (FXX, 8pm ET)
Jason Knight vs. Ricardo Lamas
Renan Barao vs. Aljamain Sterling
Brian Ortega vs. Renato Moicano
Calvin Kattar vs. Andre Fili
Fight Pass Card (6:30pm ET)
Kailin Curran vs. Alexandra Albu
Eric Shelton vs. Jarred Brooks
Josh Burkman vs. Drew Dober