After writing the last chapter of what had been the biggest rivalry of his career so far, the new UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones wasted no time setting up a fight with another big name opponent, Brock Lesnar.

Jones defeated Daniel Cormier via third round knockout after he nailed him with a vicious head kick and follow up ground strikes. With the UFC light heavyweight title strapped around his waist for the first time since April 2015, Jones spoke glowingly about Cormier and praised him for being a ‘true champion’ and a man that he has a lot of respect for.

Just when everyone thought the evening would end with pleasantries, Jones took the microphone again one last time and issued the challenge to the WWE star.

“Lesnar. If you want to find out what it’s like to get your ass kicked by a guy who weighs 40-pounds less than you, meet me in the Octagon.”

It took Lesnar just a matter of minutes to respond to Jones’ callout and he released a small statement to the AP.

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

Jones then spoke about the possibility of a fight with Lesnar in the post-fight press conference and outlined why it would be both appealing to him, the fans and the wider MMA community.

“I just think it’s a winnable matchup,” Jones said. “Obviously Brock Lesnar has millions of followers outside of MMA, so that’s huge for our sport, to kind of steal some of those followers.

“I feel like Brock, he has a pretty limited game, and I just think it’s a winnable fight and there’s just so much reward that’s involved. I just want to do it.”

While Jones is happy to make the move up to heavyweight to take on Lesnar, a fight with UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic isn’t something that appeals to him. Jones stated that Miocic’s lack of draw power outside of MMA wasn’t worth the risk given the size disadvantage he’d face.

“I strike for a reason when I strike, and I feel like Stipe is relatively unknown to the general public, so it wouldn’t even be a real superfight, in my opinion. I think the MMA fans would be really excited about it, but the general public wouldn’t care about that fight.

“Most people don’t really know who he is, with all due respect to him.”

“So, if I’m going to sacrifice being the smaller guy, I think stylistically Brock would be a fight that makes way more sense, and the payday would be tremendous, what it would do for our sport would be tremendous. It would have a much greater impact. So, for many reasons, a Brock Lesnar fight just makes more sense to me.”