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Jon Jones said in a Facebook Live interview earlier today that he would love to fight former UFC heavyweight champion and WWE wrestler Brock Lesnar, but he didn’t think Lesnar would be willing to take that fight.

Think again.

When contacted by the Associated Press, Lesnar said he is absolutely willing to face off with Jon Jones inside the Octagon- or anywhere else, for that matter.

"Would I fight Jon Jones? Anytime, anywhere," Lesnar said. "Right now he should be worried about D.C. on Saturday night."

With that statement, Lesnar also indicated he is at least contemplating a return to the sport in which he won the UFC title in just his fourth professional fight.

Lesnar is currently under contract with the WWE, so any superfight would presumably have to wait until that contract is up next year.

He last competed at UFC 200 of last year, defeating Mark Hunt in a win that was later overturned to a no-contest, following Lesnar’s drug test failure. He was suspended for one year, and it’s possible that suspension may have been frozen with five months to go when Lesnar announced his re-retirement and left the USADA testing pool. Mark Hunt subsequently sued the UFC over the incident, litigation that is ongoing. Jon Jones also failed a drug test before UFC 200 for the same substance as Lesnar, a revelation that had him in tears. Subsequently, he blamed dick pills, and also received a one year suspension. Jones is, in fact, still angry that Daniel Cormier calls him a steroid abuser.

Lesnar is currently 40 years old. Recently, rumors circulated that Lesnar had re-entered the USADA testing pool, rumors that Jeff Novitsky was quick to shoot down. Lesnar may just be playing up stories of his return to boost his negotiations with the WWE; however, he was very pleased with the results last time he competed.

From a promotional standpoint, the fight would make a lot of sense. Jon Jones is the UFC’s second largest active draw, if you count McGregor’s boxing match with Mayweather as activity. Lesnar is the second largest draw in UFC history, and the promotion is light on heavy hitters with a crossover audience. Jones has always teased moving to heavyweight, and his wrestling acumen, clinch work, and incredible cardio would make him a tough matchup for the size, strength, and smothering wrestling of Lesnar.

Before any of this speculation can materialize, though, Jones faces Daniel Cormier at UFC 214, and is ready to “set everything right” this Saturday night


Insomnia

The last time Jon Jones competed in a cage wasn’t against Ovince St. Preux

Some insight into what gets MMA fans really upset from the guy who gets all Jones’ hate mail.

There’s also this...

Looks like McGregor is hitting the cardio bike hard for this one. Either that, or he is belting out some Sinead O’Connor at the top of his lungs.

Intense late night work with the team on the @conormcgregorfast conditioning program.

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That’s a good line- “You all are going to eat your words for the rest of your days, while I eat lobster for the rest of mine”

You are all going to eat your words for the rest of your days, while I eat lobster for the rest of mine.

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This is why you don’t literally fight in the street, kids.

Perfect response from Angela Hill

Tyron Woodley rapping

Aljamain Sterling faces a really tough stylistic matchup this weekend against Renan Barao

What’s going on this weekend in combat sports


Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

Some of the guys in the Tuesday Night Contender series came in with impressive resumes. (see results here)

Did you forget that (fingers crossed) Robbie Lawler and Donald Cerrone are throwing down this weekend? Here’s a few reminders

This cracked me up. There are a couple UFC fighters who could use this kind of advice.

What is insane is how long this guy stays on his feet. Those are brutal, brutal shots.


Quick Hits


Podcasts and Video

Andrew Richardson breaks down Jon Jones’ low kicks

Flyin Brian J predicts Woodley-Maia

Jack Slack talks the end of Fightland and being a free agent


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