The UFC could have another superfight on the table.
Shortly after reclaiming the light heavyweight title from Daniel Cormier in the UFC 214 main event on Saturday, Jon Jones took the microphone to issue a challenge to former heavyweight king Brock Lesnar.
“Lesnar. If you want to find out what it’s like to get your ass kicked by a guy who weighs 40 lbs less than you, meet me here,” Jones said in his post-fight interview.
Earlier in the week, Jones and Lesnar went back-and-forth indirectly with Jones saying he would love to fight Lesnar should the pro wrestling star return to the Octagon during a Facebook Live Q&A, and Lesnar responding in the affirmative in a comment to the Associated Press.
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.”
While Volkan Oezdemir appeared to have punched his way to a potential title shot with a 42-second KO of Jimi Manuwa on Saturday, and past Jones foe Alexander Gustafsson is waiting in the wings for a second crack at the champ, a verbal agreement between two of the UFC’s biggest stars could be enough to convince UFC president Dana White to make a Jones-Lesnar dream fight happen.
However, White acknowledged at the UFC 214 post-fight press conference that Lesnar still has to serve out the remainder of an outstanding USADA suspension, so any booking of Lesnar is purely speculative at this point.