A few days ago, UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon “Bones” Jones was interviewed by Sports Illustrated. He spoke about his win over Dominick Reyes last weekend at UFC 247 and other subjects. One such subject was his “inevitability” that he will work with the WWE. His statement has irked WWE Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch.
She was at SoFi Stadium this past Tuesday with the WWE to formally announce that WrestleMania 37 will take place at the stadium. During the media scrum, she was asked about Jon Jones’s comments about working with WWE in the future. As you can see from her statement below, his comments had definitely “irked” her –
“I think people think this is a cakewalk. There’s nothing like what we do. It’s not as simple as just walking in here. You have to make a name for yourself. And you have to be obsessed with this. You have to love this. This isn’t a thing where you have one fight every six months. This is a thing where you are fighting three, four, sometimes seven days a week, 52 weeks a year. And for people to sometimes think it’s an easy thing they can just stroll into, it kind of irks me. It irks me. It does. Because I love this business. I love it more than anything. If he loves it like I do, well, then come along. I’ll show you the ropes. But if he doesn’t, if he just wants to make some easy money, this ain’t the way to do it.”
Blake’s Take – Becky’s statement there shows to me, and hopefully all of you, just how much she loves this business. Just how much she has taken on the responsibility of being a champion. It’s not her saying “stay away”. She’s saying that if you put in the hard work, then Jon will be respected by his peers. If he wants some easy cash and a “Lesnar” schedule? He could be met with some hesitancy. Either way…whose excited for a possibility like that?! Jon Jones in the WWE?! That’s wild! With Ronda Rousey being the first UFC/WWE crossover star, the appeal is definitely there now for MMA stars.