He was due to return to the octagon against Cormier last July only to be banned for a year after testing positive for banned substances just three days before the scheduled title bout.
"I've let everyone down, but as long as you didn't give up, nothing is finished", said Jones, moved after his triumph. "They said I got kicked in the head". "Thank you to everyone who showed up and cheered me today".
Speaking with Fox Sports afterwards, Jones elaborated on why he would like to go up against Lesnar.
- White: Tonight, in my opinion, Jon Jones looked like he hadn't taken any time off and hadn't missed a beat.
That grew tenfold after Jones shocked the world Saturday night - and even more after the fight.
Nasty enough to finish Cormier in highlight-reel fashion, emotional enough to win back consumers with well-timed humility and strategic enough to further plant a seed towards a big-money superfight with Brock Lesnar, Jones was everything UFC needed him to be on this night. "Daniel Cormier, guys, he has absolutely no reason to hang his head". I just think it's a winnable fight and there's just so much reward that's involved. "I know we were opponents, but outside of that, he is a true champion for the rest of his life". Cormier pressured throughout while eating Jones' kicks.
It was a defining win that re-solidified Jones' position as the not only the best 25-pound fighter in the UFC, but also quite possibly the best pound-for-pound force. But my teammates at Jackson-Wink said "Jon you can win that fight".
"I don't know, man", Cormier said. The five-fight main card aired on Pay-Per-View following the preliminary programs on FXX and UFC Fight Pass. Woodley scored a unanimous decision consequently defending the belt.
Former champion Germaine de Randamie was stripped of the belt last month after refusing to fight Justino, the former Strikeforce and Invicta champion, citing her 2012 PED suspension.
"If I'm going sacrifice being the smaller guy, then Brock would be a fight would make way more sense".