The idea of a Jon Jones-Brock 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. Thats 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 thats the rule right now. So if he comes back, and they let him go through those six months of testing, then Im 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 dont 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 didnt see the Jon Jones who we used to see as dominant as he used to be.
“So Im curious to see if he re-finds himself and gets to be more dominant again. But I dont think Lesnar takes him down or anything, and hes definitely not going to win the fight on the feet.
For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.
The idea of a Jon Jones-Brock 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. Thats 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 thats the rule right now. So if he comes back, and they let him go through those six months of testing, then Im 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 dont 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 didnt see the Jon Jones who we used to see as dominant as he used to be.
“So Im curious to see if he re-finds himself and gets to be more dominant again. But I dont think Lesnar takes him down or anything, and hes definitely not going to win the fight on the feet.For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.