After a long road back to to the top of the UFC, Jon Jones KO’d his rival Daniel Cormier in the third round of their main event fight at UFC 214. He didn’t waste any time handpicking his next opponent, Brock Lesnar.
In fact, he called him out before he even fought Cormier. He doubled-down in his post-fight interview.
“Brock Lesnar, if you want to know what it feels like to get your ass kicked by a guy that weighs 40 pounds less than you, come meet me in the octagon,” Jones said.
Lesnar accepted the fight, and that’s all the progress there has been. It appears that’s all the progress there will be for a while, and Jones has softened his rhetoric on the subject.
With a number of roadblocks standing between getting he and Brock Lesnar in the Octagon to face each other, the super-fight won’t be put together like magic the way that Mayweather-McGregor did.
Appearing on Good Morning America, Jon Jones acknowledged that it might be a while before getting to fight Brock Lesnar, if ever:
“I don’t know. I think it may be a while before Brock Lesnar is eligible to fight,” Jones said to Michael Strahan. “Right now, I’m just kind of waiting to hear from the UFC about some different ideas outside of him.”
That’s bad news for those who were rooting for the Lesnar-Jones matchup. Who does the UFC dig up to fight Bones Jones now? Seemingly out of interesting options are another fighter who will create a huge draw opposite of Jones, Lesnar remains the most financially viable option.
But with his suspension for a failed drug test still in effect, the UFC will have to get creative to create a compelling fight for Jones’ first title defense.