Jon Jones became the new light heavyweight champion when he defeated Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 on July 29, 2017. It was a decisive knockout and it told the mixed martial arts world that Jones was back with a vengeance.
Almost immediately following the fight, Jones created a hysteria of headlines by calling out former UFC heavyweight champion and longtime WWE star Brock Lesnar. Jones looked directly into the camera, made his challenge and then dropped the mic in a post-fight interview. "If you want to know what it feels like to get your ass kicked by somebody who weighs 40 pounds less than you, meet me in the Octagon," said Jones.
On Monday, Jones’ manager Malki Kawa spoke with The MMA Hour and he didn't shy away from Jones' comments. Laying rest to any confusion about the serious nature of Jones' declaration, Kawa reiterated,“We want the Brock Lesnar fight. “We definitely want the Brock Lesnar fight.”
Lesnar is still serving a one-year suspension by The Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) after testing positive for illegal substances used during the fight between Lesnar and Mark Hunt. Lesnar twice tested positive for the anti-estrogenic agent Hydroxy-clomiphene in drug tests administered prior to his UFC 200 fight against Hunt, first in an out-of-competition USADA drug test on June 28, 2017, then in an in-competition test the day of the event.
When it came to Lesnar's suspension, “I think [he’d wait],” Kawa said. “Listen, we haven’t talked about it yet. I just know it’s the next fight we want. I haven’t really sat down and said, ‘hey, what do you want to do next, if this happens or that happens?’ But we’ll figure that out soon.”
When asked why Jones would want to take on a fight of this nature, or how the optics would work with Lesnar still on suspension, the answer was pretty simple. Kawa explained that this potential dream match between Lesnar and Jones is all about money. Jones has watched closely what fighters like Connor McGregor have done and he realizes that his opportunity to capitalize on a big money fight is where he wants to focus his attention.
On Monday, Lesnar responded.
Brock Lesnar has responded to Jon Jones's UFC 214 post fight callout out...— Team FA (@TeamFA) July 30, 2017
'Be careful what you wish for, young man.'👀 pic.twitter.com/osJzpds8e9
They have no official plan, and it would be at a minimum six months before the fight could happen, even if it were arranged, but the buzz is officially out there. Regardless of how realistic the fight might actually be, it's the first thing to take a little noise away from the Floyd Mayweather and McGregor bout. It's going to mean huge business for the UFC and continue to increase rumors that Lesnar will be leaving the WWE.