UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has won two consecutive title bouts since returning to action after a two-year layoff.
“Bones” reasserted his mastery over Alexander Gustafsson in their rematch at the UFC 232 last December to recapture the 205-pound throne before stamping his class over Anthony Smith at UFC 235 for a successful title-retention bid.
Just like that, he is back on his winning ways amid the PED-used controversies surrounding him.
Jones said he wants to stay active as a UFC champion and plans to appear in three to four fights this year, which poked the interest of other UFC stars to battle him inside the cage.
One of them was former light heavyweight contender Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, who had expressed his desire to come out of retirement to fight Jones.
But the UFC might need to break the bank to make this match-up happen as Johnson wants to earn a massive payday for a return bout.
Johnson Wants The Jones Fight
Following another loss to Daniel Cormier in April 2017, Anthony Johnson decided to hang up his gloves, ending his career with a 22-6 win-loss record.
It has been nearly two years since he appeared in his last professional MMA fight, but Johnson is still in great shape today.
In fact, he has been teasing a potential Octagon return but said he would only compete in the heavyweight division.
In a recent interview at the Into The Weeds podcast, “Rumble” reignited talks about his comeback and this time he went specific as he named the opponent he wants to fight for his return.
“The only way I’d come out of retirement is if Jon Jones goes to heavyweight, and then that’s when I’ll come out of retirement and fight Jon.”
“I mean, that’s the only guy I want to fight. Because after him, I can officially say I did my job, (and) my mission is complete. Although I didn’t win a title, I fought the best of the best.”
In a recent interview with Josh Thomson on Sammy and The Punk, Johnson, this time, campaigned for a huge paycheck for his potential clash with Jones at heavyweight. (transcript from BJPenn.com)
“Jon and I were supposed to fight four years ago. If a fight that was supposed to happen four years ago is still a hot topic, that’s not some half a million dollar payday.”
“That’s worthy of every penny you deserve to fight somebody.”
“I’m not gonna say a number right now. Put it like this. It’s more than a million — plus pay-per-view buys.”
“At the end of the day, everybody comes out on top.”
“The organization is obviously going to come out on top, and the fighters come out on top cause they got paid, and the fans come out on top because they got to see that one fight that they wanted to see.”
While no fighter has yet to solve the Jones’ riddle, “Rumble” believes he can beat the reigning light heavyweight champ.
“I do think I can take Jon. I honestly believe I can beat anybody. I’m a fighter, I’m supposed to believe in my skills.”
(Featured Image Source: Instagram/Jon Jones and MMA Time)