Jon Jones made his intentions crystal clear after knocking out Daniel Cormier – he wants a big money fight against Brock Lesnar.
Bones finally reclaimed the UFC light heavyweight championship after defeating DC at UFC 214, putting an end to their bitter rivalry with Cormier’s tears telling the story on how agonisingly close he came to avenging his only defeat.
Now, all talk of a trilogy is non-existent.
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Volkan Oezdemir and Alexander Gustafsson have emerged as the serious contenders for Jones’ next defence, but he wasted no time in calling out WWE’s current Universal Champion Lesnar after the fight, with many wondering whether the WWE and UFC can work something out.
Lesnar’s WWE contract has been under the microscope lately, as it’s been revealed that it will expire once WrestleMania 34 is in the books but if he wants to return to the UFC, he’ll still have to serve the remaining six-month suspension for his anti-doping violation at UFC 200.
Jones recently spoke to MMA Junkie, and admitted that Lesnar could be using Jones as leverage to get a better WWE contract, or coming over to the UFC.
He said: “I could see it being a leverage point to get paid the bigger bucks to stick around [with WWE] or come over to the UFC.
"Either way, I think it would be great if he comes over to the UFC to get a gigantic payday, probably his biggest UFC payday. Now, he has this as a leverage point from whichever direction he decides to go in. Good for Brock to have options."
Jones also went on to admit that he had no idea how the talk even started, as a question from a fan blew up and the world is now talking about it.
He added: “I had no intentions of fighting Brock Lesnar, he wasn't on my radar.
"It's honestly not even my style to call out people. People were asking me on Facebook Live. I didn't expect it to go anywhere. There was only like 30 viewers logged in at the time.
"Little did I know Facebook Live actually records. I was just speaking freely and loosely. I got asked about Brock, and it went back to his camp, and they released a statement right away, and it kind of took off from there."
WWE is doing a good job of talking it up, while Jones hasn’t ruled out making a potential appearance at their SummerSlam pay-per-view.
While it’s an interesting prospect, not everyone is hoping Lesnar is the heavyweight Jones targets, with some believing heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic is a much bigger test.
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