Both Jon Jones and Brock Lesnar had their day in the spotlight in the UFC.
After rocketing to fame, self-sabotage wrecked their respective careers. In many ways Lesnar is still going. He is currently the heavyweight champion in the WWE, and remains one of the most recognizable fighting brands in the world.
But after testing positive for several banned substances during UFC 200, his time in the Octagon might be through.
Meanwhile, Jon Jones was a fan favorite, and the best fighter in the world. Several instances of self-sabotage have stunted the development of what promised to be one of the most lasting legacies in the history of professional fighting.
With his year-long suspension from the UFC coming to an end, he’ll make his return to the Octagon at UFC 214 against Daniel Cormier. While speaking with fans during a Facebook Live session, Jones fielded a question that could lead to the two fighters meeting for the first time.
Jones said he “would love to” fight Brock Lesnar. Shortly thereafter, Lesnar told the Associated Press that he accepted the challenge.
“Would I fight Jon Jones? Anytime, anywhere,” Lesnar said.
Lesnar faces a long climb back to competitive fighting in the UFC, though. Lesnar would need to re-enter the USADA testing pool and pass mandated drug tests, as well as serve his suspension from the UFC.
A fight between the two fighters would be a huge financial draw, but it might never happen.
Interest could wane by the time it is logistically possible, which would be 2018 at the earliest.