The betting odds have been released for the still-hypothetical matchup between Jon Jones and Brock Lesnar, with the former 205lb champ coming in ahead as an early favourite according to the bookies.
UFC 226’s super-fight between the 205lb champion Daniel Cormier and the heavyweight kingpin Stipe Miocic may well be the most anticipated UFC matchup of the year by some distance but if things hadn’t gone south for a certain former-champion last year, things could have played out very differently.
Jon Jones had done it. He had successfully reclaimed his light-heavyweight title by emphatically finishing the man who stood as his greatest rival, Daniel Cormier. Taking the mic directly after the win, he called out the largest physical specimen in the sport, Brock Lesnar, and challenged him to see what it was like to be beaten by an undersized opponent.
It was perfect. A blockbuster matchup for the ages between two of the sport’s biggest stars. But, of course, things didn’t work out exactly like that and now, with the future of ‘Bones’ well and truly unclear, who knows if we’ll ever get to see this matchup become a reality.
UFC president Dana White didn’t shy away from admitting that he is very interested in making the fight a reality if all goes well and with Jones’ repeated insistence that he will, in fact, fight again this year – perhaps it’s not too far-fetched to assume that may be the case
Betting site Bovada has published odds for the rumoured matchup (via MMAJunkie) and unsurprisingly, skill was favoured over size – putting Jon Jones ahead as a comfortable favourite.
Jon Jones: 2/7
Brock Lesnar: 13/5
Could Jones do it? Technically speaking he’s as a talented as any fighter we have ever seen but in Brock Lesnar, you are quite literally dealing with a freight-train of a man, whose sheer size has allowed him to compete with mixed martial artists who have been training all of their lives.
Sure, he’s got the wrestling background but the transition Lesnar made is pretty commendable, anti-doping violations or not.
I suppose all we can do now is wait and see how this one unravels but let’s be real – it’d be one helluva spectacle.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena