UFC will once again go live on pay-per-view this week, as Las Vegas plays host to a stacked UFC 235 card.
The former ONE Welterweight Champion Ben Askren will make his highly-anticipated UFC debut against Robbie Lawler, in the same weight class where the title will be defended.
Tyron Woodley will be looking to hold onto his belt as he goes against top contender Kamaru Usman, and other exciting fighters on the event include Cody Garbrandt, Jonhny Walker and Zabit Magomedsharipov.
But the main event will see the recently-returned Jon Jones defend his Light heavyweight championship against Anthony Smith.
'Bones' captured the then-vacant title for the second time against Alexander Gustafsson in Vegas back in December following a suspension, and despite calls for him to face Daniel Cormier in a trilogy fight, 30-year-old Smith will be his opponent this weekend.
Jones is the heavy favourite to successfully defend the title though, and he is already looking ahead to the future.
Much has been said regarding JJ's future in the UFC and whether it lies in the class he currently dominates or if he will make the step up to heavyweight.
And by calling out a former world champion, he's made his feelings really clear as to where he sees his future.
“I’d take Brock Lesnar,” Jones told the media at the UFC 235 press day, per MMA Junkie.
“I’d take Brock Lesnar because he brings in a whole different audience and people have already seen me make ‘DC’ cry twice already.
"I’ve got nothing against that guy. Let him have his heavyweight dominance.”
Lesnar versus Jones has the potential to be the one of the biggest UFC fights of all time, providing that Lesnar does indeed return to the company.
He seems to be accepting big-money deals to stay making limited appearances with the WWE, but he may have a free schedule after WrestleMania in April which could pave the way for a UFC return.
After all he must want to capitalise on his surprise Octagon appearance after Cormier's title win back in July.
If Jones doesn't get a fight with Lesnar though, we may get to see Cormier v Jones one last time before the heavyweight champion rides off into the sunset either later this year or in 2020.News Now - Sport News