Jon Jones on Brock Lesnar fight: “I’ll embarrass him”
Despite being retired, former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar remains one of the biggest names in MMA. He last fought at UFC 200 where he defeated Mark Hunt via decision. The result was, however, changed to a No Contest after that Lesnar tested positive for banned substances. Even though he personally hasn’t spoken out on a return recently, his WWE colleague Kurt Angle did so in his place. The fight that could lead to a comeback from Lesnar seems to be a bout with light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.
In an appearance on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show, Angle said the following:
“I know he said that he’s retired…the one fight he wants, and I don’t know if it’s ever going to happen, but he wants to go up against Jon Jones.”
Now Jones has taken to social media to respond, and he’s full of confidence, as expected.
“Brock is way too slow,” Jones wrote one Twitter. “I’ll embarrass him.”
Jones returned to action in December 2019 following a suspension for the banned substance turinabol. In his return at UFC 232 he faced longtime rival Alexander Gustafsson and won via third round TKO. He followed up with a one-sided, dominant decision win over Anthony Smith at UFC 235. After those two performances Jones wanted a quick return to the octagon.
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In his latest outing at UFC 239 he faced Brazilian powerhouse Thiago Santos. The two went five hard fought rounds, and for the first time in his career, Jones lost the fight on one of the judges scorecards. Though he won a split decision, he was susceptible to many of Santos’ attacks, and there were both fans and media alike that scored the fight in Santos’ favour.
Lesnar has been one of the UFC’s biggest draws since his debut in the promotion in 2008. Five of the events he’s fought at have reached over one million pay-per-view buys, and a bout against Jones would surely be a financial no-brainer for the UFC. It remains to be seen if the fight materialises, and if it’s as one-sided as Jones perceives it.