The rumor mill has been churning with talk of a Super Fight between the former UFC heavyweight champ, Brock Lesner and UFC superstar and current light-heavyweight champ, Jon Bones Jones.
The idea has been stoked like throwing coal on a fire after Jon Jones called out the King of SummerSlam during his UFC 214 post-fight interview, after Jonny Bones TKOd Daniel Cormier in the third round.
“Brock Lesnar, if you want to know what it feels like to get your ass kicked by a guy that weighs 40 pounds less than you, come meet me in the octagon,” Jones said into the microphone during octagon interview.” -Jon Jones
Pre-callout, Lesner had told the associated press that he would fight Jon Jones anytime, anywhere. Lesner then issued an ominous warning in response to Jones’ post-victory challenge, “Be careful what you wish for, young man.”
MMA Super Fight of the Century
There are quite a few million reasons for promoters to make this fight happen. After all, it is what the fans want. Recently, experts, pundits, and Dana White himself has stated that this fight won’t be possible for at least a year … But the dollar bills washing ashore in the wake of ‘the Money Fight’ between Mayweather and McGregor may be a major motivating factor to move and shake to make this happen.
Super Fight, Super Complicated
There are a few fundamental problems in getting Lesner-Jones in the octagon. The first being Brock Lesner’s contract with the WWE. Lesner is apparently locked in with the WWE until the spring of 2018 and with the super fight rumors looming, even Jon Bones Jones is aware that a future fight between the two may be being used by Lesner’s camp in contract negotiations with both the WWE and UFC.
The even bigger issue is the fact that Jones finds himself under investigation for use of the anabolic steroid, Turinabol during his latest fight, sullying his knockout win over Cormier in UFC214. Jon Jones is currently under provisional suspension pending further investigation and testing of his ‘B samples’. If it is judged that Jones did use the steroids, it could essentially be the end of his career in the UFC. Given Jones previous USADA suspension for PEDs, the suspension could be as much as 3 years.
While we are on the topic of suspensions, Lesner had his own run in with the USADA in his victory over Mark Hunt … so according to Dana White, it would take somewhere in the neighborhood of six months for Brock Lesner to be cleared for a return to the UFC.
Despite the hurdles, sportsbooks still have lines out on the match. You can take advantage of early lines, just make sure to review the most trusted betting sites like 5Dimes, who currently have Jon Jones listed as a (-340) favorite. If the Fight doesn’t happen by December 31st, it’s a push and you get your money back … but if it does happen, you can be ahead of the rest of the betting public and depending on which side you’re on, get an advantageously favorable line.
The Tale of The Tape
Brock Lesner is a 6’3″ 265lb beast! His 6 and 3 UFC record isn’t indicative of how dominant he really is inside the octagon. The height of his MMA career was tainted by illness.
“In my mind and in my heart, I never lost to a foe. I never lost to my opponent. I lost to diverticulitis. That was my opponent that beat me. Other people may have other thoughts and say other things about the way I performed, (but) my performance was due to the illness.”
Lesner specializes in size, power, and his athletic wresting ability. His UFC career can be categorized by 29% striking, 15% submissions, and 56% takedowns.
Jon Bones Jones is a 6’4″ 205lb natural talent. Unlike Lesner, whose biggest enemy was his health, Jones biggest enemy has been himself. At 23-1, his resume of victories over top-ranked fighters is impressive, to say the least. Jones specializes in wrestling, Jui Jitsu, and Muay Thai. His UFC career can be categorized by 41% striking, 23% submission, and 35% takedowns.
Who You Got?
At 40-years-old, Brock Lesner is getting on in age within the fight community. He doesn’t have the time to wait out a 3-year USADA Jon Jones suspension. For this fight to happen, contracts will have to be bent and toyed with and I think, even be moved to a wholly different MMA governing bodies, perhaps an organization over in Japan or somewhere else overseas.
“That’s a big old boy.” “He’s a massive dude. It would be a great challenge.” – Jon Jones.
Jones also went on to say that he feels like he matches up well against the likes of Lesner. But he has never experienced the kind of inhuman power that Brock Lesner possesses. It would be the super fight of the century entertaining and extremely competitive for a few rounds, but with betting lines at (+280) the value definitely lies in Lesner.
Side note: They both seem to have an affinity for PEDs so I say, move the fight offshore and let them the both use whatever performance enhancers they like … then release the beasts against each-other in the octagon. Now that would be fun to watch!