Brock Lesnar has admitted he's up for a potential UFC superfight against Jon Jones. But I got it as a 36-year-old man. That is not going to sit right with a competitor like Cormier and he has not been shy about calling Jones out.
"I feel like this win on Saturday, it's going to allow the fans to forgive and forget a little bit about that hit-and-run auto accident and stuff to get excited about my future", Jones said. Jones was stripped of his title that April following a hit-and-run accident and Cormier later won the vacant belt with a submission of "Rumble". I'm glad that I'm used as a laughingstock or whatever it might be to ultimately inspire, (even) if it's just one person.
The fight was called off during fight week as Jones was suspended with a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) violation, which led to Silva replacing him within 48 hours to the event. The two light heavyweights traded some pretty good zingers and, as you would expect, the best ones had to do with drugs. Lesnar would have all the reason to go after Jones, a victory of which would make him the UFC light heavyweight champion.
Lesnar was then questioned about the fight by the AP, noting that he would fight Jones anywhere, anytime... But Wednesday's press conference was pretty entertaining. I think he's a f*cking great guy.
Lesnar is now under contract with WWE through next year's WrestleMania after signing a three-year deal in 2015, and the company would have to give him approval to fight while under contract.
He is considered MMA's pound-for-pound No 1 fighter though the 30-year-old (22-1) is coming off a year's suspension for a failed drugs test. Then-champ Jones injured his leg and the fight was moved to January 2015's UFC 182, where Jones defeated the wrestler by unanimous decision. A lot of times you hear these stories about athletes who ruined their career and they go away and no one knows what happened to them or they're bankrupt or they end up in jail.
Seeing Cormier hit the mark would have come as a relief to UFC president Dana White after the proposed rematch between the champion and Jones has fallen through four times over the last two-and-a-half years.
And the promo for UFC 214 shows just that: A soirée of news clippings and court hearings of Jones' past incidents, while also eluding to how Jones' life is on the uphill climb once again, as he has the opportunity to fight for UFC gold.
"I'm always just going to go out there and be me".
"I would love to fight Brock Lesnar".
What was most surprising though, was his relaxed attitude to the long-burning beef between himself and Cormier. Needless to say, he's probably looking for a big pay day.And given Brock one of the hottest attractions in MMA and still arguably one of the top 5 MMA heavyweights in the world, Lesnar vs Jones would be a massive money-maker for UFC.
Jones is arguably the greatest fighter ever, and if Cormier beats him he'll at the very least be in that conversation as well.