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WWE STAR SAYS ‘BE CARE­FUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR’

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Jones KOs Cormier for belt, calls out Les­nar |

ANA­HEIM, Calif. — Jon Jones had barely re­claimed his UFC ti­tle when he called out Brock Les­nar to be his next op­po­nent. And Les­nar was lis­ten­ing. Right af­ter Jones stopped Daniel Cormier in the third round at UFC 214 on Sat­ur­day, he reignited his grow­ing ri­valry with Les­nar, the for­mer UFC heavy­weight cham­pion.

“Brock Les­nar, if you want to know what it feels like to get your ass kicked by a guy who weighs 40 pounds less than you, meet me in the oc­tagon,” Jones said on the pay-per-view broad­cast.

The As­so­ci­ated Press reached Les­nar shortly af­ter he watched the cham­pi­onship fight and then heard Jones call him out.

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

A heavy­weight su­per­fight be­tween Jones and Les­nar would be one of the big­gest events in UFC his­tory. Les­nar is an ex­tra­or­di­nary pay-per-view draw as likely the most pop­u­lar fighter in mixed mar­tial arts, while Jones’ vic­tory over Cormier is ex­pected to put him back atop most pound-for­pound lists as the world’s best fighter.

Les­nar re­turned to MMA last year with a vic­tory, but he is un­der con­tract to the WWE as a pro­fes­sional wrestler un­til next spring.

Jones and Les­nar traded ver­bal jabs ear­lier in the week. Af­ter Jones said he doubted Les­nar would ever ac­cept a fight with him, Les­nar told the AP that he would meet Jones “any­time, any­where.”

Les­nar is at least con­sid­er­ing a re­turn to the sport in which he won a UFC ti­tle in just his fourth pro­fes­sional fight.

UFC Pres­i­dent Dana White was in the cage when Jones called out Les­nar, and the pro­mo­tion is aware of the grow­ing buzz sur­round­ing the matchup. White is also aware of the ob­sta­cles in its way, in­clud­ing the re­main­der of Les­nar’s sus­pen­sion for fail­ing a dop­ing test last year.

“It’s fun to talk about, but the re­al­ity of it hap­pen­ing any­time soon, it’s not a re­al­ity,” White said.

But it’s def­i­nitely a lu­cra­tive pos­si­bil­ity if Les­nar de­cides to re­sume train­ing for MMA. Jones is the light heavy­weight cham­pion, but has long con­tem­plated a move up to heavy­weight — and his post-fight com­ments make it clear that he’s in­ter­ested.

Les­nar beat Mark Hunt at UFC 200 in a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion that was changed to a no-con­test af­ter the failed test. He re­ceived a one-year sus­pen­sion from the Ne­vada Ath­letic Com­mis­sion, but could re­turn to MMA af­ter com­plet­ing the fi­nal months of the ban.

“Brock Les­nar, if you want to know what it feels like to get your ass kicked by a guy who weighs 40 pounds less than you, meet me in the oc­tagon.” JON JONES AF­TER DE­FEAT­ING DANIEL CORMIER AT UFC 214

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