‘Rumble’ open to fighting Jon Jones at heavyweight if he decides to come back one day
After loss at UFC 210 and returement, Johnson does lament one missed opportunity: the chance to face former 205-pound kingpin Jon Jones (22-1 MMA, 16-1 UFC) – whom he was supposed to fight before the then-titleholder’s involvement in a hit-and-run had him walking away from their UFC 187 encounter and vacating the title that Cormier ended up conquering.
“I’m an alpha male, and he’s an alpha male,” Johnson said. “I wanted to see what I can do against him. I am pretty sure he wanted to see what he can do against me. Because you guys hyped it up so much that I was supposed to be the guy who beat him, and all this and that. You guys do your job very well, hyping things up, so props to you. But I feel I’m more – I don’t know if I want to say sad, disappointed, for the fans, because I know they really wanted to see it.
“Day in and day out, people are always talking about Jon Jones and myself fighting each other, and it just never happened. Maybe if I decide to come back one day, we can fight at heavyweight or something like that.”
Asked to elect the toughest out of all the scraps in which he in fact got to perform, Johnson had an honest and somewhat profound reply.
“The toughest fight I could possibly think of was always with myself,” Johnson said. “That’s just what it is. That’s everybody’s fight. You always battle yourself and not the opponent.”