Brock Lesnar’s return to the octagon continues to look more and more likely, as the former UFC heavyweight champion has issued yet another response to a Jon Jones taunt.
Earlier in the week, Jones expressed enthusiasm regarding the idea of a bout between he and Lesnar, but suggested that the man who currently inhabits the faux combat world of the WWE might not be willing to step out of that sphere to face him in a real fight.
Lesnar was quick to respond, telling Greg Beacham of the Associated Press that he would gladly face Jones “anytime, anywhere.”
Jones didn’t address the situation too often after that, as he was focused on then UFC light-heavyweight champion and bitter rival Daniel Cormier.
Once Jones dispatched of Cormier in extremely impressive fashion at UFC 214, however, he again turned his attention to ‘The Beast Incarnate’.
“Brock Lesnar, if you want to know what it feels like to get your ass kicked by a guy who weighs 40lbs less than you, meet me in the octagon,” said Jones, before exiting the cage at the Honda Center in Anaheim.
This got Lesnar’s attention and he once again communicated with Jones through the AP.
“Be careful what you wish for, young man,” said Lesnar succinctly, not giving Beacham any transcription nightmares.
This is a feud that has come from seemingly nowhere but it has quickly captured the imagination of fans. Will it happen? There are a lot of bridges to be crossed before it can.
The one-year suspension that Lesnar was handed after he failed a pair of drug tests last summer was frozen when he retired at the beginning of the year and thus he will have to serve the remainder if he emerges from hibernation. He will also be required to spend six months in the USADA testing pool before he can compete in the UFC again.
Earlier in the month, reports suggested that Lesnar had already re-entered the pool but this was later denied by UFC Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance Jeff Novitzky.
When asked about the possibility of this fight materializing post-UFC 214, the promotion’s president Dana White made it sound more like a pie in the sky dream, but then again White is known for playing coy in these situations.
“It’s fun to talk about, but the reality of it happening anytime soon, it’s not a reality,” said Dana.
With his win over Cormier, Jones essentially ended one great rivalry but he has nicely and somewhat fortuitously transitioned into another feud, one that is not quite as personal but has the potential to be even more lucrative.