As UFC 214 came to a close, there was one name on everyone’s lips – Jon “Bones” Jones. The true “once and future king” returned, and proceeded to dethrone Daniel Cormier in a war between two of the greatest LHW’s in UFC history.
However, Jon wasn’t done after the gold was wrapped around his waist. For the new UFC LHW Champion, business was, as Good Ol’ Jim Ross would say, about to pick up!
After conversing with Joe Rogan, and wrapping it up regarding the fight, Jon Jones did what everyone hoped, but no one really expected him to do.
He called out Brock Lesnar.
For days, there have been rumblings about Brock Lesnar returning to the UFC, to face Jon Jones. The UFC Light Heavyweight Champion has taken on all comers in the 205 pound division, with only a rematch with “The Mauler” on the horizon.
If Jon Jones proceeds to defeat (as many expect him to) Gustafsson, he will have truly ran through the entire division.
Brock Lesnar responds to Jon Jones’ challenge
Even before Jon made his return to the Octagon, the war of words began with the current WWE Universal Champion. Lesnar said he would face Jon “anytime, anywhere”, and Jones tested Lesnar’s resolve with his promo inside the cage.
Brock Lesnar has since responded to the challenge, telling Jon to be careful what he wished for.
Lesnar spoke to the AP again following Jones’s more overt challenge, and he had a simple response: “Be careful what you wish for, young man.” (h/t MMAFighting.com)
Lesnar announced his retirement from MMA last year, when he was handed a one year suspension by NSAC for failing his drug test. Lesnar tested positive for banned substances during his fight with Mark Hunt, and was subsequently handed a one year suspension.
For the fight to happen, Lesnar would need to serve the entire term of his suspension, which would be retroactive to July. This would mean Lesnar could, in theory, be ready for the International Fight Week in 2018.
Lesnar would also have to enter the USADA testing pool by early 2018, for him to be eligible to fight in the UFC.