Jon Jones Prefers Brock Lesnar Fight Over Daniel Cormier

Jon Jones attention is currently on Anthony Smith and defending his UFC light heavyweight champion but if he were to move up in weight he'd rather face Brock Lesnar the the UFC heavyweight champion.

Saturday night, or the early hours of Sunday morning if you live east of the US, should be a big night of UFC as Jon Jones and Tyron Woodley defend their titles in the octagon at UFC 235.

Jones is making the first defence of his most recent stint as UFC heavyweight champion when he takes on Anthony Smith. 'Bones' won the title in December on his return from a drugs ban.

It's the fourth time in essence that the 31 year old has held gold in UFC, having been stripped of the title after his hit and run incident and stripped of the interim title in 2017 for his drugs ban.

The title was up for grabs against Alexander Gustafsson at the end of last year because the previous holder of the belt, Daniel Cormier, had vacated the title after becoming a dual weight world champion.

There's been talk that Jones will go up in weight to face the man he's twice beaten, although one was made a no contest, but speaking, via MMA Junkie, ahead of the Smith fight, Jones revealed he'd rather face Brock Lesnar at heavyweight saying:

"I'd take Brock Lesnar because he brings a whole different audience and people have already seen me make DC cry twice already.

"I've got nothing against this guy. Let him have his heavyweight dominance."

Lesnar fighting Mark Hunt. Image: PA Images
Lesnar fighting Mark Hunt. Image: PA Images

Lesnar hasn't fought in UFC since July 2016 at UFC 200 when he took on Mark Hunt. The 'Beast' won the fight but it was later overturned to a 'No Contest' as he failed a drugs test.

The last time the former heavyweight champion competed in the sport on a full time basis was in 2011, returning to WWE after a loss to Alistair Overeem.

Lesnar currently holds the WWE Universal title, which he is set to defend at Wrestlemania 35 against Seth Rollins at the beginning of April, but a switch to UFC, even on a one off basis, has long been talked about.

Jones reunited with a title he's never lost in the ring. Image: PA Images
Jones reunited with a title he's never lost in the ring. Image: PA Images

Jones further explained that he'd want more for a fight at heavyweight against DC, adding, "The reason why I think it would cost more for me is because Daniel Cormier is considered by most people, by some people I should say, as the greatest of all-time.

"And to fight the greatest of all-time when he's weighing 30 pounds more than me, it's dangerous no matter who you are. I want to make it worth my while because ultimately my health is on the line."

Heavyweight champion Cormier has also been talked about as an opponent for Lesnar and any combination of the three would be extremely intriguing.

Who should Jones fight after Smith?

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