Jon Jones opens as huge favorite against former UFC champ Brock Lesnar

It could be ‘the best’ versus ‘the beast’ if Jon Jones gets his wish to fight former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar in the near future.

Jones called out Lesnar on Saturday night just moments after he finished Daniel Cormier by knockout in the third round of their main event fight at UFC 214.

Lesnar responded by saying “be careful what you wish for” when sending a message to Jones following the close of the event from Anaheim, Calif.

While Lesnar might walk into a potential fight with Jones having a significant size advantage considering he walks around at over 280 pounds, that doesn’t mean the odds are on his side.

According to, Jones has already opened as a whopping 3-to-1 favorite in a potential showdown with Lesnar. The current odds — based on the fight actually taking place — have Jones as a -303 (1.33) favorite versus Lesnar, who comes back as a +260 (3.60) underdog.

If these odds stayed the same, Lesnar would be facing the biggest favorite of his entire mixed martial arts career.

Only once previously has Lesnar even faced underdog odds for his fight against Alistair Overeem where he was at +105 while the former K-1 kickboxing champion was at -170.

It’s safe to say the odds makers believe in Jones’ ability to get past the size and power advantage that Lesnar would hold if they actually stepped into the Octagon together.

Given the interest this fight has already generated it’s tough to imagine the UFC won’t at least attempt to pursue this matchup in what would undoubtedly become one of the biggest fights of all time.

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Damon Martin is a veteran mixed martial arts journalist who has been covering the industry since 2003 with bylines on FOX Sports, CNN, Bleacher Report and numerous other outlets.