Jon Jones reclaimed the belt that was rightfully his with a knockout of Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 on Saturday night, and immediately afterwards, laid the groundwork for a superfight that could help him earn back at that dough he missed out on by being suspended. That’s right, I’m talking about his callout of heavyweight star Brock Lesnar, who once wore a UFC belt but has mostly been existing in the world of pro wrestling in recent years.
So… how feasible is that match-up? It could happen – especially in this age of star boxers taking on UFC champs – but veteran wrestling scribe Dave Meltzer says it could be a while.
Lesnar and Jones have kept the rumor fires on with mentions of each other, including Jones saying he wants the fight after his win over Cormier, both in the cage and at the post-fight press conference, while at the same time downplaying any talk about fighters like Alexander Gustafsson or Volkan Oezdemir, who would be the top contenders in his weight division.
But such a fight is unlikely to happen for close to one year.
Lesnar’s contract with World Wrestling Entertainment expires in April, although there is an option clause on both sides regarding a renewal. Vince McMahon gave him the OK to fight Mark Hunt last year at UFC 200, which Lesnar originally won and was then suspended for one year after failing two drug tests for the prohibited substance Hydroxy-Clomiphene. The victory was overturned to a no contest.
With that suspension in place, and then Lesnar retiring in the middle of the suspension, essentially putting the suspension on hold because he was out of the USADA testing pool, he would need more than six months of clean drug testing before he could fight once he re-enters the pool, which he has not yet, per the UFC.