Jon Jones called out former UFC heavyweight champion and retired fighter Brock Lesnar, and not current heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic. But that hasn’t stopped Miocic from firing back at the current light heavyweight champion, who set his sights on Lesnar somewhere down the line, forgetting about Miocic in the potential near future.
“Listen, I’ll fight anyone. If the UFC wants me to fight Jon, I’ll fight him,” said Miocic to Damon Martin of FloCombat on Monday. “All I care about right now is breaking that record, winning now and keeping the belt for a long time. I think I am relevant, I don’t know what he’s talking about. I don’t have as many fans as him on social media maybe, but I’m pretty sure I’m relevant.
“I’m the baddest man on the planet for a reason. He can think what he wants, whatever. Listen, at the end of the day I am relevant.”
Miocic won the UFC heavyweight title back at UFC 198 in May 2016 when he knocked out Fabricio Werdum. He has since defended his belt twice against Alistair Overeem and Junior dos Santos, tying him for the record of most consecutive title defenses in UFC heavyweight history.
One of those men that holds a piece of the record is Lesnar, who defended the title twice during his reign that began in November 2008. Lesnar has had just a single fight since 2012, a UFC 200 win over Mark Hunt that was overturned following a positive test for clomiphene.
Ultimately, Miocic feels that Lesnar is not even in his class.
“Yeah definitely, I’m a bigger risk 100-percent than Brock Lesnar. There’s no question,” Miocic said.