Brock Lesnar responds to Jon Jones: 'Be careful what you wish for'

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Jon Jones vs Brock Lesnar, UFC 214
Apr 26, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Joe Rogan interviews Jon Jones after the UFC light heavy weight championship fight against Glover Teixeria at Baltimore Arena. Jones retained the light heavy weight championship by defeating Teixeria. USA TODAY Sports / Tommy Gilligan

The potential Jon Jones vs Brock Lesnar superfight gained more momentum Saturday night after Jones knocked out Daniel Cormier at UFC 214. After reclaiming the UFC light heavyweight championship, Jones issued a challenge to Lesnar, a former UFC heavyweight champion.

It wasn't a surprising challenge since Jones hyped the potential superfight in the lead-up to Saturday's PPV. During a Facebook Live chat, Jones said point blank that he would shift his focus to Lesnar after the fight with Cormier. That is exactly what Jones did after beating Cormier by TKO in the third round. 

"Brock Lesnar. You want to know what it feels like to get your a** kicked by someone 40 pounds lighter? Meet me in the Octagon," Jones said while looking into the camera.

Minutes later, Lesnar told The Associated Press,"Be careful what you wish for, young man."

Lesnar, under contract with the WWE, is reportedly interested in returning to the Octagon in the near future. The 40-year-old wrestler hasn't entered the Octagon since UFC 200 when he beat Mark Hunt, a decision that was revoked after Lesnar was banned by the USADA for failing two drug tests. It was a black mark in Lesnar's combat sports career and led to him announcing his retirement from mixed martial arts.

Jon Jones vs Brock Lesnar unlikely before 2018

Jones sowed the seeds for the superfight when he called out Lesnar in a Facebook Live chat. “I would love to fight Brock Lesnar. He’s a massive dude, it would be a massive draw, really big for the sport. It would be a great challenge. That’s a big old boy. I doubt Brock Lesnar would take that fight, though. I definitely wouldn't try to wrestle with him the whole time. I can’t tell you what I would do."

For the fight to happen, Lesnar would have to serve the remainder of his doping ban before re-entering the USAD's testing pool. Since the ban doesn't end before Dec. 2017, there is little possibility of a Jon Jones vs Brock Lesnar superfight before the summer of 2018. The WWE and UFC had previously come to terms on a one-fight contract to allow Lesnar to compete at UFC 200. 

Jones added, “I doubt Brock Lesnar would take that fight, though. I definitely wouldn’t try to wrestle with him the whole time. I can’t tell you what I would do.”

Brock Lesnar (5-3 MMA record) has never fought in the light heavyweight weight class. Jon Jones, the reigning UFC light heavyweight champion, would likely have to add a few pounds to fight Lesnar as part of the heavyweight division.