Rory MacDonald's all-caps Reddit AMA included a Robbie Lawler PED accusation

Dann StuppFormer UFC welterweight title challenger and current Bellator contender Rory MacDonald didn’t hold back during today’s Reddit AMA.

MacDonald (19-4 MMA, 1-0 BMMA), who recently made a successful Bellator debut with a submission victory over vet Paul Daley in May, answered a number of questions from fans as part of the social-media site’s “ask me anything” event.

However, one answer stuck out – one that involved former champion Robbie Lawler, who scored a come-from-behind TKO victory over MacDonald in a legendary bout that was named MMAjunkie’s 2015 “Fight of the Year.”

During today’s Reddit AMA, user “cczzrr” asked Macdonald if Lawler “was on peds when you fought.”

His answer (which came in all caps, like all of his other answers) was succinct: “IM CONVINCED HE WAS.”

The July 2015 bout took place just weeks after the UFC launched its drug-testing program with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). According to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which also tested UFC 189 fighters, all of the tests – including Lawler’s – came back clean.

MacDonald, though, seems convinced otherwise, though he didn’t go into details or elaborate during the AMA.

The 28-year-old Canadian also weighed in a number of other topics, including:

What he did for the first few weeks after the UFC 189 fight with Lawler:

“FIRST 3 DAYS I LAYED IN BED. AFTER THAT I PARTIED AND DID WHATEVER I WANTED EVERYDAY AND NIGHT FOR THE REST OF SUMMER”

Thought on Jon Jones’ latest failed drug test:

“SHAMEFUL, LIKE EVERY OTHER GUY THAT DOES THIS CRAP AND HIDES IT, YET GLOATS DURING VICTORY”

Best/worst walkout song:

“MC HAMMER CANT TOUCH THIS WAS THE WORST”

“THAT ONE (TOOl’s ‘Forty Six & 2’) WAS THE BEST FORSURE”

Reaction to speculation that some especially tough fights may mean a shortened career:

“I FEEL BETTER THEN EVER TBH, NOT REALLY WORRIED ABOUT WHAT PPL MAY BELIEVE, I CAN ONLY TRUST HOW IM GENUINELY FEELING. I FORSEE MANY MORE YEARS COMPETING AT THE TOP RANKS OF THE SPORT”

On watching the recent fight between UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and Demian Maia, knowing he’s got past wins over both of them:

“NOT REALLY, I KNOW I WILL HAVE THE CHANCE TO SHOW I AM THE BEST WITHOUT A DOUBT AT SOME POINT IN MY CAREER”

Thoughts on Woodley:

“I THINK TYRON IS A VERY STRONG COMPETITOR, VERY STRATEGIC, ATHLETIC BUT I AM AWARE OF HIS WEAKNESSES ALSO”

If he rematched Woodley:

“I WOULD SUBMIT OR TKO HIM”

What if “some billionaire offered you $800k to walk up to Brock Lesnar and give him a ‘Stockton Slap,’” would he do it?:

“YES”

If not MMA, what would he have done for a career?

“PROLLY LIVE IN THE WOODS AND DO RANDOM SHIT”

Potential next fights?

“I BELIEVE IF MY NEXT FIGHT IS FOR THE TITLE I WILL BEAT (CHAMP DOUGLAS) LIMA THEN FIGHT THE WINNER OF (GEGARD) MOUSASI VS (RAFAEL) CARVALHO.”

Why Bellator?

“THE MONEY WAS THE BIGGEST FACTOR FOR ME AT THIS POINT OF MY CAREER”

Hobbies?

“I LIKE SPENDING TIME WITH MY DAUGHTER, I LIKE THINKING ABOUT GOD AND THE BIBLE, INVESTMENTS, BITCOIN.

“I WOULD TELL MYSELF TO KEEP IT SIMPLE AND TRUST IN YOUR STRENGTHS.

“HEADBUTTS, KNEES AND KICKS TO HEAD ON THE GROUND.”

What it would take to fight Cris Cyborg:

“1 MILL”

On whether UFC flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson is MMA’s pound-for-pound fighter:

“HONESTLY I THINK I AM”

On whether he broke “your caps lock on your keyboard” during the AMA:

“YES”

For more on the Bellator’s upcoming schedule, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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UFC's Stefan Struve: A quick Brock Lesnar return to fight Jon Jones 'would be the worst message'

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The idea of a Jon JonesBrock Lesnar superfight excites many MMA fans. UFC heavyweight Stefan Struve, however, has concerns.

Jones  (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC) and Lesnar (5-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) started going back and forth during UFC 214 fight week, and the possibility of a future battle increased when Jones called out Lesnar following his knockout victory over Daniel Cormier to reclaim the light heavyweight title. That prompted a warning from Lesnar.

The problem, of course, is that not only is Lesnar currently retired (and employed by WWE), he still has six months left to serve on a suspension from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency stemming from multiple failed drug tests around the time of last year’s UFC 200. When Lesnar came out of retirement to face Mark Hunt at the July 2016 event, the UFC gave Lesnar a four-month exemption from USADA testing so he could take the fight right away.

If the UFC were to try that again and allow Lesnar to jump right back into a superfight and earn a big payday, Struve (28-8 MMA, 12-6 UFC) feels strongly about the detrimental message it sends.

“They cannot do that. That’s impossible,” Struve told Submission Radio. “That would be the worst message the UFC could ever send out. So if he fights again, he should go through six months of testing, I believe, before he fights again. I think that’s the rule right now. So if he comes back, and they let him go through those six months of testing, then I’m curious to see how he steps in the cage.”

Struve, who headlines next month’s FS1-televised UFC Fight Night 115 against Alexander Volkov, expects Jones would win against a clean or dirty Lesnar regardless.

“I think Jones beats him anyway – simple as that,” Struve said. “Jones is too good of an athlete. I don’t think Lesnar gets a hold of him to take him down. Jones moves too well. I think ‘D.C.’ is a great fighter, and of course that kick was great, but before that I didn’t see the Jon Jones who we used to see as dominant as he used to be.

“So I’m curious to see if he re-finds himself and gets to be more dominant again. But I don’t think Lesnar takes him down or anything, and he’s definitely not going to win the fight on the feet.”

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Jon Jones recognizes Brock Lesnar could be using him for leverage in WWE contract negotiations

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UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is hopeful an octagon encounter with Brock Lesnar will eventually come to fruition. However, he’s also preparing for the possibility it won’t.

Jones (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC), who regained the 205-pound belt with a third-round knockout of Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 last month, called out Lesnar (5-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) following his victory, further fueling the hype for a potential matchup.

The subject of a Jones vs. Lesnar fight was first broached early in UFC 214 fight week when a fan asked “Bones” about it during a Facebook Live Q&A. Once it came up, though, he began to give it serious consideration, and from there the topic took on a life of its own.

“I had no intentions of fighting Brock Lesnar – he wasn’t on my radar,” Jones told MMAjunkie. “It’s honestly not even my style to call out people. People were asking me on Facebook Live. I didn’t expect it to go anywhere. There was only like 30 viewers logged in at the time. Little did I know Facebook Live actually records. I was just speaking freely and loosely. I got asked about Brock, and it went back to his camp, and they released a statement right away, and it kind of took off from there.”

The timing of it all is curious. Lesnar, who is typically borderline inaccessible to the media, has responded to Jones, the No. 1-ranked fighter in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA pound-for-pound rankings, at every turn. He’s warned Jones to “be careful” what he wishes for, but whether he’s serious about another UFC comeback remains to be seen.

Lesnar has fought just once since December 2011, defeating Mark Hunt in July 2016 at UFC 200 in a result that was later overturned to a no-contest when Lesnar flunked multiple drug tests around the time of the bout. Lesnar still owes the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) more than six months of suspension time after retiring in February, which means a comeback is still far off.

Moreover, talk of Lesnar fighting for the UFC comes up on almost a yearly basis. He signs short-term contracts with WWE, and rumors of switching professions comes up each time a new negotiation period surfaces. His current deal is reportedly done after WrestleMania in April.

With that knowledge in mind, Jones knows he could simply be part of Lesnar’s ploy to maximize his next contract with WWE. However, he thinks a UFC return to fight him would be a massive financial opportunity, as well.

“I could see it being a leverage point to get paid the bigger bucks to stick around (with WWE) or come over to the UFC,” Jones said. “Either way, I think it would be great if he comes over to the UFC to get a gigantic payday, probably his biggest UFC payday. Now he has this as a leverage point from whichever direction he decides to go in. Good for Brock to have options.”

Jones said given the entire scope of the situation, he’s unlikely to fight Lesnar next. He’s still waiting on word of his next opponent but told MMAjunkie he’s open to a long-awaited rematch with Alexander Gustafsson, just not at UFC 217 in New York City.

Whatever comes in Jones’ future is going to be a significant moment as he looks to make his second UFC title reign better than the first. When it comes to big-fight opportunities, though, especially ones where he likes his chances of winning, Lesnar sits atop the mountain.

“I asked my coaches how they felt about it and everyone said, ‘You know what, Jon? That’s a very winnable fight, and it’s such a huge payday – why not?’” Jones said. “I just kept it going and have been entertaining it, and now it’s taken off. It’s something that could be in the works.”

Jones is so interested in the fight, in fact, that he may consider crashing Lesnar’s upcoming Universal Title defense at WWE SummerSlam in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Aug. 27 (via Twitter):

For more on the upcoming UFC schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Is this what Jon Jones can expect from Brock Lesnar if they fight?

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Brock Lesnar may or may not be serious about making a return to the UFC for a fight with Jon Jones. The former UFC heavyweight champion is currently enjoying another successful run with the WWE, where he holds the Universal championship, and there’s no denying that at 40, he’s still in ridiculous physical condition.

The chances of Lesnar (5-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) vs. Jones (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC) unfolding inside the octagon will only become clear once Lesnar enters back into the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) testing pool and serves the final six-plus months of his suspension stemming from his previous UFC return against Mark Hunt at UFC 200.

In the meantime, Lesnar is wrecking shop in his own world as perhaps the most dominant figure in professional wrestling under the WWE banner. He made one of his infrequent television appearances on this week’s edition of Monday Night Raw, and he was booked in a one-sided segment to begin the show at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

The Blue Corner was there to capture the footage of Lesnar’s fierce attack (via Instagram):

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Jones, No. 1 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA light heavyweight rankings, said he would love to fight Lesnar because it would result in the biggest payday of their respective careers. He realizes it might not happen, though, and is already entertaining the idea of other opponents.

For more on the upcoming UFC schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Don't look now, but the McGregor Effect is spreading – and we haven't seen the end of it yet

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Jon Jones explained it in a way that everyone could understand. Sitting there in Anaheim, Calif., after knocking out Daniel Cormier in UFC 214’s pay-per-view main event, he told us exactly why he’d rather spend a move up to heavyweight fighting Brock Lesnar, a middle-aged part-timer, instead of Stipe Miocic, the actual heavyweight champion.

Conor McGregor, he has been a tremendous inspiration to me,” Jones said. “He has shown me, who has been at the upper echelon of this sport for many years now, he has shown me that these huge paydays are possible. I never thought in my time as champion that we would be able to see fighters making $70 million or whatever he’s making for this (Floyd Mayweather) fight. It’s an inspiration that you can do it. I see it as possible, and that’s what McGregor has done for me.”

Jones isn’t the only one feeling the McGregor effect. Just look at Miocic. You think he’s bummed about Jones looking past him toward a potentially bigger paycheck against a lesser heavyweight? Hardly. He’s playing a similar game, calling out heavyweight boxing champ Anthony Joshua in a copycat bid to replicate McGregor’s crossover payday for himself.

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then McGregor must be feeling the love right about now. The fight is still three weeks away, the money is still mostly hypothetical, and already some of the best fighters in the world are trying to follow where he leads.

Can you blame them? This is prizefighting, after all. “Prize” comes first.

But it’s not just fighters who feel the effects of a seismic shift like this one. For McGregor (a man with zero professional boxing experience) to even book a fighter with Mayweather (the best boxer of his generation), perceptions needed to change. People needed a way to feel like they had permission to want what they wanted, whether it made sense or not.

McGregor gave them that with his actual accomplishments in the UFC – which, people outside the MMA bubble seem to forget, actually are unprecedented, both in terms of belts and box offices – but also with the force of his personality.

He might be the only fighter who can convince his fans, without even really trying, that the absence of information about his boxing game is itself a strength. Because, hey, if we’ve never seen the guy in a boxing match, how do we know he isn’t already the best in the world?

But it’s not just the McGregor faithful who have been roped in here. People want this fight, this clash of sports and ideas and worlds and celebrities. The more you tell them that it’s likely to be ridiculous, the more intent they are on watching it. That’s because ridiculous, when done on a large enough scale, is historic. A small farce is pathetic. A massive one is a cultural moment.

Once we accept and normalize the idea, then a lot of things change. Suddenly that Miocic-Joshua bout doesn’t seem so absurd. And Jones-Lesnar? That’s reasonable almost to the point of being required. Sure, one’s a pro wrestler on a drug suspension and the other’s the greatest MMA fighter alive, but at least they both have experience in the same sport.

And admit it, we’d all watch the hell out of a Jones-Lesnar fight. Demetrious Johnson could fight every UFC flyweight in a public park on the same night, and we’d go sprinting past with our credit cards held high just to see Jones bounce a spinning elbow off Lesnar’s cinderblock skull. It’s a pairing just weird enough to capture our attention and our curiosity, both of which are more reliable drivers of pay-per-view revenue than any promise of meaningful athletic competition.

Is that a bad thing? I don’t know. The UFC has spread its brand far and wide, flooding the market with cheap combat-sports action. If you just want to see two people in a desperate struggle for money and supremacy inside a cage, there’s no need to pay. It’s on TV in airport bars. It’s on YouTube and basic cable. Any given weekend you can channel surf your way into it without even trying, so how’s the UFC supposed to convince you to drop a couple steak dinners worth of cash on any one event?

Capturing the power of the spectacle is one way. But we develop a tolerance for that over time. You have to make it louder, bigger, dumber. If we’re not arguing about whether or not it should be allowed to happen, then you’re not even in the ballpark. In this way, the mile markers of normalcy keep marching over the horizon.

But the thing to remember about the shift spurred on by McGregor is that we can’t see the big picture yet. If he gets so thoroughly trashed by Mayweather that we all go away hating ourselves for the part we played in it, the next MMA fighter to try calling out a big name boxer is in for a much harder sell. And if the PPV receipts don’t match expectations, the incentive to wade through the same river of crap in order to try it all again diminishes considerably.

That’s what makes this fight feel even more like an important cultural moment, somehow. It’s a test of what the market will bear. This is us checking the gauges on our own desire for big, crazy, sports-themed train wrecks. Clearly, the fighters and promoters are paying attention.

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Tommy Toe Hold brings you the (NSFW) post-UFC 214 press conference you wish you had watched

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Sure, UFC Fight Night 114 is nearly upon us, but there’s still time to relive UFC 214, right? Especially if it’s Tommy Toe Hold’s version of UFC 214.

A cartoon who says bad words, Toe Hold’s recollection of UFC events differs ever-so-slightly from what the MMAjunkie cameras often collect onsite. Nevertheless, they never fail to entertain. Toe Hold may never have graced the pages of MMAjunkie before, but he’s a perfect fit for The Blue Corner.

In his latest episode, Toe Hold covers the aftermath of UFC 214, including some bold claims from UFC champions Jon Jones and Tyron Woodley, as well some impressive cameos from Brock Lesnar and Michael Bisping. Check out the video above.

For complete coverage of UFC 214, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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Twitter Mailbag: Was post-fight Jon Jones the real one, or just a convincing fake?

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In this week’s Twitter Mailbag, was the UFC light-heavyweight champion extending a sincere olive branch to his vanquished challenger, and where does all this leave the former champ’s legacy? Plus, is GSP-Bisping the fight that no one but the participants has been asking for? And can you really blackmail your way into an apology from the UFC president?

All that and more in this edition of the TMB. To ask a question of your own, tweet it to @BenFowlkesMMA.

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I think he was being sincere. The things Jon Jones said about Daniel Cormier immediately after the fight were not so different from what he said about him a few days before the fight. Talking to reporters after the open workouts, Jones called Cormier “a good (expletive) dude” and admitted to liking him as a person. What stopped them from getting along, he said, was that Cormier had this weird hangup that simply wouldn’t allow him to admit that Jones was better than he was.

Now, we hear that and we can spot the ridiculousness in the argument. Of course Cormier can’t admit that. He’s one of the best fighters in the world. His whole life is about being the absolute best. He’s not killing himself in the gym just to be second place. How could Jones not realize that?

I think the answer has to do with the inherent narcissism that comes with being the best fighter in the world. It’s so obvious to Jones that everyone else is just a character in his story. So why can’t they see it, and just be happy to have a supporting role in the great drama?

That’s where his head seemed to be at before the fight. Once Jones had knocked out Cormier, then he was free to let his guard down and admit that Cormier was a good guy and a great fighter. Why not? If you praise him now, it just makes you seem greater for having beaten him. And it’s not like anybody will get confused about who the best is while Cormier is stumbling around off-camera.

So yes, I think he meant every word. I also don’t think for one second that he would have uttered anything close to that if he’d lost.

The book isn’t closed on Cormier just yet. He could stick around at light heavyweight and still trash nearly everyone in the top 15. Or he could go to heavyweight and end up fighting for the title by this time next year. A lot depends on what he wants to do next, so it’s hard to make too many sweeping statements about his legacy.

That said, if it ends here? I wouldn’t be surprised if the collective conventional wisdom fails to give Cormier his due. He was champion in the absence of Jones, that’s true. In a different era, he might have been his own dynasty. In my book, that puts him ahead of Tito Ortiz and somewhere right behind Chuck Liddell. Both those guys should be glad they came along before Jones did.

Yes. However he wants.

Tempers seem to have cooled somewhat between Tyron Woodley and UFC President Dana White, but you’re right, that was not a great strategic move on the champ’s part. The problem with trying to blackmail your way into an apology is that even if you get what you want, what does it really mean? An apology given just to stop something bad from happening is completely insincere, thus defeating the entire point.

Then there’s the question of what you’re supposed to do about it if you don’t get the apology. Assuming Woodley really does have damaging info on the UFC, leaking it because the boss hurt his feelings would probably not improve his relationship with his employers. It also doesn’t turn him into some hero of transparency in the eyes of the public, because he already told us that the only reason he was telling secrets is because White wouldn’t say he was sorry.

Of course, if White doesn’t give you that public apology and then you back down from your leak threat anyway, it just makes you look weak and desperate.

That brings us to what actually happened in the end to resolve this situation (at least for now). According to White, he spoke to Woodley privately and smoothed things over. Also according to White, Woodley explained his outrage and his threats by saying that “he was just pissed and upset and didn’t mean it.” Maybe it’s just the source, but it kind of sounds like the apology went in the opposite direction.

I see the logic at work here, but how do you enforce something like that? Especially when MMA referees seem to have such a hard time enforcing the existing rules. What, do we require fighters to tell the ref in advance what they’re game plan is, so the ref can be on higher alert for illegal moves that might nullify it? Is the ref then required to share that info with the opponent, so he can know which type of cheating will be more severely punished?

The only fix I can see is that we either allow fence-grabbing or we don’t. And if we don’t, then why aren’t fighters punished as soon as they do it? It’s not like they’re learning the rules on the fly. And a fence grab isn’t like throwing an inside leg kick and accidentally hitting the groin. It’s something you can only do on purpose. So why aren’t you penalized the moment you do it, regardless of what your opponent’s game plan is?

There’s a growing sense that this is the fight no one asked for outside of Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre themselves. And that’s funny, since the reason they both seem so intent on it is because they’re convinced it will make a lot of money. But how does it make money if fans are lukewarm about it?

It’s possible that we’re just suffering from hype fatigue. They’re been talking this fight up for over a year, and still nothing. Maybe by the time it actually happens we’ll have changed our tune. The return of GSP is always going to be a big deal, and Bisping is so easily hatable whenever he opens his mouth that you know he’ll convince some people to pay just on the hope that he’ll get beaten up.

But right now? I can’t say I’m excited. There are so many compelling fights for Bisping at middleweight, and welterweight is going to need some help very soon. The more I think about this fight, the more it seems like we’re all being asked to go along so that the already rich guys can make more money. Maybe it’s just me, but that is not a compelling sales pitch.

Oh, Cameron. Are you really going to force me to be the jerk who points out that there is a difference between being a legend and just being old? Not that I don’t have a lot of affection for Daniel Kelly, who seems awesome, but he’s also 13-2 at the age of 39. Sam Alvey beat him in 2015, when he had to cover slightly fewer body parts in supportive wrap, but he still wasn’t exactly a young sprout back then.

Rashad Evans is a slightly different story (even if he does have a recent split-decision loss to Kelly). He’s also edging into his late 30s, but he’s a former UFC light-heavyweight champion. Then again, he’s on a three-fight losing skid and has dropped five of his past seven.

You really want to know how far this is from being a part of any kind of legends tour? Just look at where it is, in the middle of the main card at UFC Fight Night 114 in Mexico City, on the week after the biggest pay-per-view of the year. Does that seem like where you’d stick your legends, if you thought they still qualified as such?

I suspect you are not the only one, especially since the UFC chief recently went out of his way to disparage both champions who are slated to defend their titles at UFC 215. Plus, those other three fights each feature a former champ, and they’re all likely to be exciting, competitive matchups.

That makes you wonder how they’ll do on pay-per-view, doesn’t it? We know that the UFC has written Demetrious Johnson off as box-office poison. Amanda Nunes hasn’t been a huge draw either, and is probably less of one after pulling out of UFC 213 and getting scorched by the boss for it. But that undercard? How do you not pony up the dough to see those fights? Even if you’re not that interested in what follows.

This feels a little like a return to the old UFC strategy, back before it could rely on any one fighter to sell tons of PPVs. If the main attraction won’t do it, you have to make your case in the aggregate. Honestly, this lineup looks like a pretty good way of doing just that.

From the sound of it, Volkan Oezdemir likes that fight too, and he’s even suggested that the winner would be dubbed “the real king of Europe,” which is obviously pretty awesome.

If I’m Alexander Gustafsson, I might rather wait for Jones. But if Jones is holding out for a big money fight with someone like Brock Lesnar, how long does Gustafsson really want to sit around waiting and not making money?

As for whether “No Time” has it in him to be the division’s new knockout artist, early indicators are good. But let’s not forget that in recent years there’s been a major drop-off in talent in that division once you get past the top three or four. If Oezdemir wants to prove he belongs in that elite club, Gustafsson’s a tough test to get in.

Ben Fowlkes is MMAjunkie and USA TODAY’s MMA columnist. Follow him on Twitter at @BenFowlkesMMA. Twitter Mailbag appears every Thursday on MMAjunkie.

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UFC champ Jon Jones vs. Brock Lesnar odds: Will it happen and who wins?

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The lines have opened for a potential fight between newly crowned UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones and former heavyweight titleholder Brock Lesnar.

And according to the current odds, the fight is likely to happen – and “Bones” is expected to defeat the WWE star turned MMA fighter turned MMA star (again).

On Saturday in UFC 214’s pay-per-view headliner at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., Jones (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC) returned to his former glory with a third-round knockout win to dethrone Daniel Cormier (19-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) and reclaim the belt.

Immediately afterward, Jones issued a challenge to 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,” he said in his post-fight interview – and the heavyweight responded with a warning (“Be careful what you wish for, young man,” Lesnar said in response).

So, what are the odds the potential mega-fight – which has already ticked off fellow fighters – actually happens? Jones already said he prefers Lesnar over a fight with reigning heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic – assuming he makes a move up to heavyweight – and the oddsmakers apparently heard him.

New lines released by Bovada suggest the fight is likely to happen – with Jones as the winner:

Will Jon Jones face Brock Lesnar in the UFC before July 15, 2018?
Yes: -160 (5/8)
No: +120 (6/5)

Jon Jones vs. Brock Lesnar (if fight happens before July 15, 2018)
Jon Jones -350 (2/7)
Brock Lesnar +265 (53/20)

At those odds, a winning $100 bet on the fight happening would result in a net profit of $62.50 (for a total payout of $162.50). A winning bet on the fight not happening would result in a net profit of $160 (for a total payout of $260).

As for a fight winner, betting $100 on Jones would result in a profit of $28.57; a winning $100 bet on Lesnar, meanwhile, would net a profit of $265. The current lines give Jones an implied win probability of 78 percent.

Lesnar, who retired earlier this year, is still subject to punishment for a high-profile doping violation a year ago at UFC 200. Six months remain on Lesnar’s one-year suspension, which was frozen due to his retirement.

Who are you picking in the proposed matchup? Cast your vote below.

For complete coverage of UFC 214, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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MMA fighters react to potential Jon Jones vs. Brock Lesnar showdown: 'A disgrace'

What began as an innocent question to Jon Jones during a Facebook Live Q&A prior to UFC 214 has rapidly evolved into one of MMA’s most curious budding feuds.

A fight between UFC light heavyweight champ Jones (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC) and Brock Lesnar (5-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) appears to be something that could really happen, especially after “Bones” called out the former UFC heavyweight champion following his third-round knockout of Daniel Cormier on Saturday at UFC 214.

After delivering a classy speech directed at Cormier in his post-fight interview, Jones proceeded to get on the mic and call out Lesnar. There are many hurdles to overcome before such a fight could be made, but the interest from fans is noticeable.

How do fellow fighters feel about it, though? Check below to see how several in the MMA community reacted.

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UFC 214 took place at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Jones’ victory over Cormier headlined the pay-per-view main card following prelims on FXX and UFC Fight Pass.

For more on UFC 214, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Brock Lesnar warns Jon Jones in response to UFC 214 callout

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Heading into UFC 214, Jon Jones said he would “deal with Brock Lesnar” after dealing with Daniel Cormier at UFC 214.

Well, Jones dealt with Cormier by scoring a third-round knockout win over his rival to reclaim the light heavyweight title Saturday night. Then as promised, Jones began the process of dealing with Lesnar by issuing a formal challenge.

“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.

Lesnar heard that and had a simple, direct response to The Associated Press.

“Be careful what you wish for, young man,” Lesnar said

As awesome as it sounds, there are reasons the dream fight wouldn’t happen any time soon.

Lesnar, who retired earlier this year, is still subject to punishment for an anti-doping violation one year ago at UFC 200. Six months remain on Lesnar’s one-year suspension, which was frozen by his retirement.

But still, a potential fight between Jones and Lesnar would rank among the biggest in UFC history. Given the era of superfights we’re currently in, one would think efforts will be made to book this if it’s at all possible.

It’s what the champ wants.

For complete coverage of UFC 214, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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