Jon Jones vs. Brock Lesnar: The Next Superfight?

Jon Jones vs. Brock Lesnar: The Next Superfight?

Now that the precedent for massive superfights and unbelievable purses has been set by McGregor v. Mayweather, Jon Jones is hoping to cash in as well. After Jones’ UFC 214 victory over Daniel Cormier, he made a strange callout before leaving the ring. Looking directly into camera, he said “Brock Lesnar. You want to know what it feels like to get your ass kicked by someone 40 pounds lighter? Meet me in the Octagon.”

Anyone else get chills? In all seriousness though, a match-up between the two controversial fighters would be a major draw for avid and casual fans alike. As both men have had run-ins with rule-breaking and evoked the ire of many, their paths crossing would likely stoke passions one way or the other.

Lesnar hasn’t seen action in the octagon since UFC 200 last July, where he beat Mark Hunt in a unanimous decision that was later overturned after a failed drug-test. Before that, he hadn’t fought since a 2011 loss to Alistair Overeem. Point being, Lesnar’s draw has less to do with him being a premier fighter, and more to do with his polarizing, aggressive persona. Just as people’s issues with Mayweather translated to support for McGregor, plenty of people will line up to see Jones put Lesnar in his place, and quite frankly, vice versa.

Not known to sleep on any sort of betting action, Las Vegas has already began taking bets on the hypothetically superfight (with a clause about the fight actually taking place, of course). The Westgate Superbook opened the betting odds at -300 for Jones over Lesnar (+250). While it does seem a bit premature, considering Lesnar would need to finish serving a 6-month suspension (for that failed drug test) before anything moves forward, the potential draw is already apparent.

As for what inspired Jones to seek out a superfight, the answer is quite obvious: Conor McGregor. Surely most speculation would’ve pointed to some copycatting anyway, but Jones went ahead and made it clear what gave him the idea: “Conor has been a tremendous inspiration to me… shown me that these huge paydays are possible.” He went on to say he never imagined seeing fighters in his era making $100 million (McGregor’s payday for his Mayweather fight).

It’s hard to say if this evolution will bring good things for MMA, seeing as how these “superfights” tend to feature obvious mismatches and lean more toward shameless spectacles than they do actual competitions, but one this is for sure, people are dying to see them.

Would Jon Jones fighting top-ranked Alexander Gustafsson for the title in a rematch make more sense? Sure it would, but where’s the fun in that.

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