It’s amazing how a couple of off-the-cuff comments, broadcast on a Facebook live chat, can spiral and coalesce into a potential super-fight between two fighters who are both making a comeback following USADA suspensions – but that appears to be what’s happening in the UFC right now.
Jon Jones is on the campaign trail for UFC 214 at the moment, where he’s looking to regain his belt from the current Light Heavyweight champion, Daniel Cormier. Jones, who, in his own mind, never actually legitimately lost the belt in the first place, was stripped of the title after a series of misdemeanours culminating in him fleeing the scene of an auto-accident.
His first tilt at Cormier to retake the belt was scuppered when he then failed a USADA drug test prior to UFC200 – an event that was to have been a landmark fight in the UFC’s history. Jones cited ‘dick pills’ for the failed test – something that didn’t work for Anderson Silva either.
Fingers crossed, both Jones and Cormier will make it to the octagon on Saturday night, and their long and drawn-out rivalry will finally get put to bed [or a trilogy will get set up – who knows…].
Meanwhile, over in the world of wrestling, Brock Lesnar is currently negotiating his contract with the WWE. The former UFC Heavyweight Champion returned to his WWE roots following a series of losses while suffering from debilitating bouts of divercultis. Prior to this, Lesnar had seemed invincible in the octagon, and had become champion after just four fights – silencing the doubters who had railed against a WWE Wrestler competing in the UFC.
Lesnar did, of course, return to the UFC for their 200th event, facing and beating Mark Hunt in a fight that was later proved to be decidedly unfair as Brock resoundingly failed USADA testing after the fight, having recieved a technical exemption from pre-fight testing. The result was over-turned as a no-contest and Lesnar received a ban and a massive paycheck for his appearance, none of which mattered, as he was returning to the WWE anyway.
Both Lesnar and Jones are now clear of their bans, and Brock has recently returned to the UFC / USADA testing pool – a move that can either been seen as indicative of a desire to return to the UFC, or a clever bargaining move in his negotiations with the WWE – intimating that he’s prepared to jump ship back to MMA.
Jon Jones, answering fan question about whether he’d like to fight Lesnar on a Facebook Live session, responded with “He’s a massive dude. It would be a massive draw, really big for the sport. It would be a great challenge. That’s a big old boy. I doubt Brock Lesnar would take that fight, though. I definitely wouldn’t try to wrestle with him the whole time. I’m not going to tell you what I would do.”
The Associate Press was quick to contact Lesnar for a response, “Would I fight Jon Jones? Anytime, anywhere. Right now he should be worried about DC on Saturday night.”