Jim Ross: ‘Word on the street is Jon Jones is interested in a WWE payday’

Longtime WWE veteran Jim Ross claims he’s heard rumblings of Jon Jones making the jump to the squared circle.

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones wants a piece of former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar.

That much is certain.

Jones (23-1), who violently finished longtime rival Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 on Saturday, issued the challenge to the hulking Lesnar after rumors of potential fight picked up steam earlier in the week.

“Brock Lesnar, you want to know what it feels like to get your ass kicked by someone 40 pounds lighter?” asked Jones during his post-fight interview. “Meet me in the Octagon.”

The two would later trade barbs through the media, with both fighters stressing they were more than interested in accepting the bout.

But while the world is left to ponder whether the fight is even possible, longtime WWE commentator seems convinced it’s inevitable, especially since the UFC is desperate for high-profile fights.

“I’m thinking [Jones vs. Lesnar would do] 1M buys on PPV when this one likely happens in 2018,” wrote Ross in his official blog. “This main event gives UFC a ‘hit,’ without question, while they await other stars to either return to form [GSP][McGregor] or continue to evolve as legit, PPV selling main eventers.”

Lesnar (5-3) has not competed since his decision win over Mark Hunt at UFC 200, the same card Jones was removed from for an anti-doping violation, in July 2016. This victory marked Lesnar’s first UFC fight since announcing his retirement in 2011.

However, UFC officials later revealed Lesnar had been flagged for his own anti-doping violation, stemming from an out-of-competition drug test. Not long after, it revealed Lesnar had also been flagged for another violation, this time from an in-competition test ahead of his fight against Hunt.

Since then, Lesnar has reigned atop the WWE roster, culminating in earning the WWE Universal Title over Goldberg at WrestleMania 33 in April. But with his contract with the WWE running through next year’s WrestleMania, talk of Lesnar making the return to the Octagon in the foreseeable futureseemed to cool off.

But according to Ross, he doesn’t see the WWE standing in Lesnar’s way. In fact, the longtime WWE Hall of Famer claims Jones could actually be the one to make the leap in to the squared circle.

“I don’t see any scenario at this time that would drive any wedges between Lesnar and WWE regarding the WWE star being able to go collect a massive, seven figure plus payday while keeping his name in the public eye,” said Ross. “Ironically, word on the street is that Jones is also interested in a WWE payday someday in the future which adds some irony to the Bones-Brock UFC scenario.”

If this scenario does become reality, Jones would become the second reigning UFC champion to step into the world of professional wrestling. Former UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey made a memorable appearance at WrestleMania 31, tossing WWE COO Triple-H and wife Stephanie McMahon on their heads alongside The Rock.

Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather also took part in WrestleMania XXIV, stepping into the ring opposite the Big Show.