Could this be the real superfight for Jon Jones rather than Brock Lesnar?
Completing a comeback like very few before him, Jon Jones once again won the light-heavyweight belt at UFC 214. Although he’d never been beaten, Jones was stripped of the belt as his personal life fell into ruins.
Daniel Cormier was his opponent in New York, but ‘Bones’ biggest rival was himself. Since knocking out ‘DC’ in devastating fashion, Jones has been heavily linked to a bout with Brock Lesnar.
Although a scrap with the WWE star and ex-heavyweight boss would be big, there’s another far more active monster waiting in the wings.
Jones Discusses Miocic, But Says He ‘Isn’t Relevant’
Speaking to the media after his win against Cormier, Jones talked about current heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic. Having already talked about moving up to heavyweight, discussion of a bout with Miocic was expected.
Jones, however, did not seem interested:
“I feel like if I was going to take a fight at heavyweight it would be against a person who me and my coaches feel would be a perfect matchup for me,” Jones told the media at the UFC 214 post fight press conference. “Right now, Stipe is looking extremely impressive. And I believe if you get an extremely talented big guy versus an extremely talented little guy, I mean, a lot of the cards are in his favor. At the same time, I fear no man. I strike for a reason when I strike.”
“I feel like Stipe is relatively unknown to the general public. It wouldn’t even be a real superfight in my opinion. I think a lot of MMA fans would be super excited about it, but the general public wouldn’t care about that fight.”
Read Stipe’s Response Below…
“I’m The Baddest Man on The Planet”
Miocic tells Flocombat.com that Jones is wrong, he is the baddest man on the planet, and he’d love to fight ‘Bones:’
“Listen, I’ll fight anyone. If the UFC wants me to fight Jon, I’ll fight him,” Miocic told FloCombat on Monday. “All I care about right now is breaking that [heavyweight title defense] record, winning now and keeping the belt for a long time. I think I am relevant, I don’t know what he’s talking about. I don’t have as many fans as him on social media maybe, but I’m pretty sure I’m relevant.”
“I’m the baddest man on the planet for a reason,” he continued. “He can think what he wants, whatever. Listen, at the end of the day I am relevant.”
“It would be a huge fight. I don’t understand why you don’t think it would be a huge fight. You’ve got pound-for-pound best fighter in the world against No. 4 pound-for-pound. We’re both champions and it’s a fight people want to see. But I’m irrelevant right now so we’ll see.”
“Yeah definitely, I’m a bigger risk 100-percent than Brock Lesnar,” Miocic said. “There’s no question.”