Former UFC Champion Michael Bisping Believes that Jon Jones and Brock Lesnar Will Fight Within the Next 12 Months…
One thing that former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping can never be accused of is saying something that he doesn’t believe. In fact, ‘The Count’ has been called out in the past for being too honest. Colby Covington was one of the most recent victims of his total lack of inhibition when it comes to speaking his mind.
Now though, he has intensified rumors that former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar is set to face off against former three-time light-heavyweight Jon Jones, in a battle of disgraced drug cheats who somehow retain star power.
On his Believe You Me podcast, Bisping addressed the rumors and confirmed that he believes that there is truth in them. Both men are technically serving suspensions after testing positive for banned substances. But at the end of the day, money makes the world go around.
Bisping is definitely a well-placed source, as he’s literally in Dana White’s ear on his Tuesday Night Contender Series, where he is working as a color commentator. The British legend agreed that financially it just makes sense for the UFC to want Jones back in the octagon. He said:
“I believe Jon Jones will get 1 year retroactive and will be fighting again soon. There’s been whispers of him vs Brock Lesnar. That’s what I think is going to happen. I think that he’ll be back fighting pretty soon.”
That’s a legitimate super fight. Of course, it might be painful for fans who are sick of big money match-ups that don’t actually help build the sport, but the UFC needs to sell pay-per-views.
It actually would make sense as it would not affect the rankings, and a win would give either man momentum. Obviously, the UFC is hoping for a Daniel Cormier vs Jon Jones heavyweight clash in the future, for the title. This is a bad match-up for Lesnar.
There’s a long way to go before this is confirmed. Lesnar is under contract with the WWE until the summer and both men have USADA bans to get through. However, for all we know Lesnar could be back in the USADA testing pool already, as neither the anti-doping agency nor the fighter has to disclose that they are.
Meanwhile, Jones is waiting to hear his own fate. Assuming it works out like Bisping says, then he could be back in action by the end of the year. He’s training hard as well, as his Instagram shows.
Once again, this shows the UFC’s desperation for big names to return to the company. Conor McGregor is expected to fight Khabib Nurmagamedov later this year. That would be a massive boost for the company.
The UFC is struggling to keep their fighters clean and on the straight-and-narrow. They’re clearly showing though that since WME-IMG took over, the sports aspect is in decline, while the entertainment element has taken over. Is the UFC turning into PRIDE?