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Brock Lesnar interested in UFC fight against Jon Jones


By Paul Fontaine and Joseph Currier

Brock Lesnar isn't doing anything to quiet rumors about a potential return to the Octagon.

Speaking with the Associated Press, Lesnar responded to comments that Jon Jones had made on a Facebook Live session on Tuesday. Jones said that he would love to face Lesnar and called the matchup a massive draw, but noted that he didn't think Lesnar would take a fight against him.

“Would I fight Jon Jones? Anytime, anywhere,” Lesnar told the AP. “Right now he should be worried about D.C. on Saturday night.”

Speculation about Lesnar fighting in the UFC again became rampant last week, with reports of him entering back into the USADA drug testing pool in anticipation of an eventual return. The UFC's Jeff Novitzky then denied that Lesnar had officially entered back into the program.

The UFC would obviously be interested in Lesnar returning given their need for big attractions. Jones and heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic have been the two most speculated upon opponents if he were to make a comeback.

Lesnar is currently under a one-year suspension from USADA for drug test failures stemming from his win over Mark Hunt at UFC 200 last July. The suspension was frozen when Lesnar "retired" from MMA in February, and it's believed he would have to be tested for at least five more months before being allowed to fight again.

That would place a UFC return at late December at the soonest but more likely in early 2018.

Lesnar is currently under contract with WWE through next year's WrestleMania after signing a three-year deal in 2015, and the company would have to give him approval to fight while under contract. There has also been speculation that, in part, Lesnar is using a possible UFC return to gain more leverage in contract negotiations with WWE.

Jones is scheduled to challenge Daniel Cormier for the light heavyweight title in the main event of UFC 214 on Saturday. He would at least temporarily be moving up to heavyweight if a superfight with Lesnar were to come to fruition.