Jones challenges Lauzon to grappling match

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Tonight UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones challenged lightweight fighter Joe Lauzon to a jiu-jitsu match, with his hands tied together:

Hey somebody tell @JoeLauzon i'd beat him in a jujitsu match with my hands taped closed

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Lauzon was quick to respond, immediately accepting the challenge:

@JonnyBones this can be arranged!

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Lauzon and Jones continued a friendly banter back and forth on Twitter, so I don't think the challenge was meant unkindly. Jones suggested a charity event and then attempted to back down and offer Phil Davis as a replacement. Lauzon then called the champion out on calling out a lightweight then backing out. Which of course made Jones accept.

It looks like this is just two guys having fun with each other, but it could be interesting. UFC champion versus one of the lightweights most exciting submission fighters in a gi, with the champions hands taped together.