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Brock Lesnar says he’d fight Jon Jones anywhere at anytime.
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Well, here’s an interesting subtext to a week that features the UFC’s biggest fight of the year.

In a Facebook Live chat Tuesday, Jon Jones said he “would love to” fight Brock Lesnar sometime in the future if Lesnar returns to the UFC. Hours later, Lesnar basically told the Associated Press that he accepts the challenge.

Jones is arguably the greatest MMA fighter of all time and the former UFC light heavyweight champion. The only thing that has stood in the way of him being indisputably the top fighter is his propensity to get in trouble outside the Octagon. Jones will face Daniel Cormier, the current 205-pound champion, in the main event of UFC 214 on Saturday night in Anaheim, Calif.

Lesnar, meanwhile, is a former UFC heavyweight champion and one of the greatest financial draws in promotion history. He’s the current WWE Universal champion and one of the biggest stars in pro wrestling.

In other words, Jones vs. Lesnar is one of the greatest matches in terms of revenue that the UFC would ever do. And it seems like they’re both down for it.

“I would love to fight Brock Lesnar,” Jones said in the Facebook chat when asked by a fan. “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.”

Lesnar, 40, made no bones about it to the AP — he would, indeed, take the fight.

“Would I fight Jon Jones? Anytime, anywhere,” Lesnar said. “Right now he should be worried about D.C. on Saturday night.”

There were reports last week that Lesnar had re-entered the USADA drug-testing pool, which would start the path to coming back to the Octagon. But UFC vice president of athlete health and performance Jeff Novitzky told MMA Fighting that it wasn’t true — Lesnar had not re-entered the pool and when he does he’ll still have more than six months remaining on his UFC 200 doping suspension.

Lesnar was suspended one year by USADA after testing positive for the banned substance clomiphene and formally retired from the UFC, taking himself out of the testing pool, earlier this year.

Could Lesnar’s comments Tuesday mean that he is considering a comeback? Possibly. The combination of money and competition has always been tempting.

Jones, on video during the chat with his striking coach Brandon Gibson, was already thinking about how he’d approach a fight with Lesnar. Jones has never fought at heavyweight before, but has considered moving up over the years.

“I definitely wouldn't try to wrestle with him the whole time,” Jones said. “I would … I’m not gonna tell you what I would do.”

Maybe one day we’ll all find out.


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Today starts UFC 214 fight week with a press conference featuring the competitors in all three titles fights: Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones, Tyron Woodley vs. Demian Maia, and Cris Cyborg vs. Tonya Evinger. The focus will, of course, be Jones and Cormier and that is warranted. It’s one of the best fights in UFC history — no hyperbole — when you combine the rivalry, the Jones comeback storyline and the fact that they are the two greatest light heavyweight fighters of all time. (Two of the best of all time, period, really.)

But let’s also not forget Woodley, Maia, Cyborg and Evinger this week. All of them have pretty excellent stories in their own right. Woodley is still looking to cement himself as the best welterweight in the world; the Brazilian jiu-jitsu master Maia has had an incredible run after moving down from middleweight where he was a title contender; Cyborg is the most dominant female fighter in MMA history getting her first shot at UFC gold; and Evinger is a women’s MMA pioneer finally granted a shot in the big show.

Let’s hope they don’t get lost in the shuffle of this amazing card.

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