Cain Velasquez has stepped forward and revealed his desire to fight Jon Jones.
The 36-year-old UFC fighter was asked about the idea of facing the 31-year-old American, with his response being short and sweet.
"I hope so," he said, before adding: "I'll try to make that happen."
Velasquez will return to the octagon on 17th February when he takes on Francis Ngannou.
The former two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion is looking forward to the opportunity to fight in front of his home fans at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona.
"At ASU, I never lost at home," he told MMA Fighting (via Ritley). "Never. Throughout my whole life, I never lost at home. I only lost once -- in high school I got upset.
"But all throughout junior high, high school, college: we don't lose at home. That's just what happens. So man, to be here again, to fight here in front of friends and family -- this is just like old times again, right?
"I still definitely do feel the same. I feel like the time off that I've had, I've been able to work on some stuff that I really can't when you're in fight training because you're obviously training for a specific guy, just for a specific style.
"But to not have anything on the books and to be training just kinda the stuff that you want to train, different techniques and stuff, it was great time off."
Jones made his return at UFC 232 in a highly anticipated rematch with Alexander Gustafsson.
Bones defeated his opponent to win the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship, which Daniel Cormier had vacated rather than be stripped of the title.
Jon Jones vs. Anthony Smith:punch:
Las Vegas :stadium:
March 2nd :date:
- GURU (@thefightGURU) 6 January 2019
"Any time, any place, anywhere, I'm ready," Smith said. "I'll fight Jon this weekend if he wants to."
- Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) 4 January 2019
#UFC235 is looking incredible. :open_mouth:
Jon Jones v Anthony Smith :trophy:
Tyron Woodley v Kamaru Usman :trophy:
Askren v Lawler
Holm v Ladd
Magomedsharipov v Stephens
Torres v Zhang
Gall v Sanchez
Chiasson v Mazany
Cirkunov v OSP
On paper is this an early contender for card of the year?
- MMA Latest (@MMALatestNws) 7 January 2019
Jon Jones' coach @mmacoachwink shared on #theMMAHour one of the key things they did differently in this time around in the rematch with Alexander Gustafsson
Watch full interview: https://t.co/kFa71601yp pic.twitter.com/tYD8XQvPxd
- MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) 9 January 2019
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