Now that Jon Jones is the UFC’s light-heavyweight champ once again, there’s a lot of talk about who “Bones” will fight next. Could Anthony Johnson be convinced to come out of retirement? If he was offered a bout with the renowned fighter?
Johnson shocked the MMA world in April, by announcing he was hanging up the gloves at the age of 33. “Rumble” made the announcement immediately after he was submitted by now former champ, Daniel Cormier, at UFC 210.
Jones has already defeated several of the UFC’s top contenders, but one man he has yet to face is the heavy handed, Johnson. As a result, a lot of fans are still hoping to see the two throw down. Johnson was a guest on “The MMA Hour” Monday, and while discussing whether he’d consider making a comeback, the 33 year-old stated this (quote via MMA Fighting):
“It would have to be worth it for me financially because I have so much going on already. If I did comeback, it would just be to fight the legend Jon Jones.
“I’ve beaten pretty much everyone else except for Daniel (Cormier) and Jon. Jon got hit with some big punches from Daniel. I know if I had hit him with some of those punches he most likely would have went down.
“…At the end of the day, it’s business, and if UFC come to me with something I can’t resist, then I’ll make it happen. The price has got to be right.”
There you have it. It certainly sounds like Johnson’s interested in fighting Jones, but the question is, would the UFC be willing to pay him what he wants? In order to make it happen? A guy who is coming off a loss? It kind of seems unlikely.
In addition, if Johnson did decide he wanted to return, since he’s retired, he would need to re-enter the USADA testing program. But, it will be interesting to see where this goes from here.
Johnson aside, the expectation right now is that the UFC will look at Alexander Gustafsson for Jones’ next opponent. Their 2013 bout was one of the best title fights in the promotion’s history, and the UFC has tried holding a rematch in the past.