Jones (22-1 MMA, 16-1 UFC) will return from his U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) suspension next month at UFC 232 to fight Alexander Gustafsson (18-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) for the vacant light heavyweight title. However, prior to the suspension, “Bones” appeared on the cusp of booking a fight against the former UFC heavyweight champ Lesnar (5-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) after calling him out at UFC 214.
All the plans were derailed when Jones ran into his USADA issue, though, and Lesnar will instead challenge Jones’ rival Daniel Cormier (22-1 MMA, 11-1 UFC) for UFC gold in the first quarter of 2019.
How things will look in the fallout of Jones vs. Gustafsson and Cormier vs. Lesnar remains to be seen, but Jones confirmed Lesnar is still a name on his list of desired opponents.
“Yeah I would like to fight Brock Lesnar still,” Jones told reporters, including MMAjunkie, at a recent UFC 230 news conference. “Absolutely. Brock Lesnar is one of the most entertaining guys. People want to see him in the UFC against entertaining guys. Yeah, I’m definitely looking forward to the opportunity to still compete against Brock Lesnar.”
UFC 232 takes place Dec. 29 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Jones vs. Gustafsson headlines the pay-per-view main card following prelims expected for FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
For Jones, the matchup with Gustafsson is crucial for his career. It gives him the opportunity to regain the 205-pound belt and clarify one of the closest fights of his career. It also opens the door for some massive future matchups, but Jones said he’s not looking at it that way.
“I try not to make any fight the biggest fight of my career,” Jones said. “My fight is the fight to be the best ever. That comes with every fight.”
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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