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Anderson Silva warming up to idea of fighting Jon Jones

While it may just be a nibble rather than a full on bite, the possibility of Anderson Silva and Jon Jones locking horns inside the Octagon came a sliver closer to reality when “The Spider” was asked about the match-up and didn’t flat out deny his interest in it. Ironically, one of the reasons Jones accepted a controversial title-defense against Chael Sonnen has also factored in to Silva’s change of heart – the overwhelming interest of fans.

Silva’s remarks came in an interview with SporTV where he made it clear he wasn’t calling Jones out, just weighing his options.

“What if he goes there and accepted the money that Dana White will give him wanting to fight? It’ll be difficult. It’s not the money that motivates me to fight, I fight because I like it. So, I dunno,” explained Silva, adding, “people are talking about it so much”.

In the statement, “The Spider” also said he would not want to fight Jones for his light heavyweight title out of respect for teammates in the division or defend his own middleweight belt in hopes of retiring with the gold at some point down the road. Rather, Silva would want to see a catch-weight involved though didn’t mention a specific number.

If by some strange twist of fate Silva and Jones do clash in the cage it would pit two of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the sport against one another, providing the type of atmosphere at home in a venue like Cowboys Stadium. Silva is 16-0 in the UFC including wins over Sonnen, Vitor Belfort, Forrest Griffin, Rich Franklin, and Dan Henderson, Comparably, Jones has gone 17-1 thus far in his career with the lone stumble involving an unnecessary disqualification. Among his notable victims are the likes of Belfort, Mauricio Rua, Quinton Jackson, and Lyoto Machida.


  • Rece Rock says:

    I think he is just saving face with fans and making a PR style statement… I think he wants to go out a champion and undefeated inside the octagon… He has nothing left to prove… just a few more “gimme” fights and he walks away.

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    I reckon he should solidify his greatness by fighting another lower level, past it or out of their depth LHW like Irvin or Bonnar.
    Nothing says GOAT like wins against journeymen.
    It would be crazy for him to actually take on a guy in the top 20 LHWs.

    Seriously. Stop hiding behind “respect” and “hes a super guy” and show us how good you are Silva becuz Im calling you a guy who refuses legit challenges before taking nothing fights against Bonnar and Irvin.
    How bout you man up and test yourself before retiring.

    Rece he has a hell of a lot to prove imo.
    Could he beat Rashad, Lyoto, Jones, Shogun and others?
    How bout he mans up and actually fights a GOOD LHW instead of fighting guys that were NEVER contenders and are retired.

    Im not sure he would get the nod against Jones anyway. It seems you have to lose before going up and getting an automatic title shot.

  • darth_irritable says:

    It’s a money play. He’s done this before: Playing hard to get, so that Zuffa opens the wallet. His management team is a sharp set of businessmen.

    I think Silva beats Jones, and Jones wants no part of it.

  • trupert says:

    Well the timing works out. Jones’s TUF fight is in April so this give Spider time to fight GSP in Feb/early March and maybe (hopefully) squeeze in one middleweight fight before meeting Jones in Sept. Then again, this is Spider so he may not fight again until next Sept!

  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    I already predicted it will happen and it will happen at Cowboy stadium.

    My next prediction is both men will clear 500k when it is all done, no matter who wins.

    I still think Jones wins a close, exciting fight.

  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    500K? In base salary, sure. After other percentages are factored in both are walking away with millions.

  • THEGUNNER says:

    Spyda should try n beat jones and gsp before fighting another bum.

  • Yourdaddydevilandlord says:

    This fight NEEDS to happen!!! I think Silva rolls over GSP, but Jones vs. Silva is just an awesome thought, who knows what the hell might happen. They NEED to do this fight before the “over the hill” tag can be hung on Silva in the event of him losing, delegitimizing Jones’ potential win.

  • raker says:

    I don’t really get his concerns about respecting his team mates in the LHW division. Machida and Lil Nog fight in the same division as do Big Nog and JDS. Also, Machida has been talking about a move to MW. Go up to 205 and if he wins the belt, vacate it and go back to MW. Either way, it’s a small glimmer of hope.

  • Lord Faust says:

    For the record, I don’t think Anderson is “warming up” to the idea. I think he realises how much money Dana will throw at the idea and there’s a reasonable chance Jones will cave, meaning he’ll have to consider the fight — whether he wants to or not.

    It’s funny, we’re going to see Anderson in the same shoes as GSP. What catchweight could they fight at? No way Jones can cut below 205; the man’s huge! Conversely, why would Anderson come in OVER 205?

    Not happening. And it really shouldn’t. Same with Silva / GSP. Let the king reign in their own dominion; build multiple legacies instead of burning one to fuel another.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Not happening. And it really shouldn’t. Same with Silva / GSP. Let the king reign in their own dominion; build multiple legacies instead of burning one to fuel another.

    I can live with that, and deep down I don’t expect GSP-Silva or Silva-Jones to ever actually happen (and I’m not particularly interested in seeing it once Silva is on the wrong side of 40).

    But….I remain convinced of two things:

    1) GSP-Silva is very unlikely to ever happen, and if it ever does it won’t be any time soon.

    GSP has a title fight next month, against an extremely tough opponent, coming off a major injury, lengthy rehab and 18+ month absence from the octagon. I will be very impressed if GSP is able to beat Condit given those circumstances. Beyond that, GSP continues to say if he ever moves up to 185 it’ll be a permanent move, and he’ll take his sweet time in altering his diet/training to pack on the additional weight. In other words, a potential GSP-Silva matchup is at least a year away, and it assumes GSP beats Condit next month *and* GSP decides to ditch the WW division for good, even though Hendricks & Kampmann are fighting on the same card and will be sitting there as an obvious #1 contender.

    2) Silva-Jones has a slightly better chance of happening.

    Yeah, it’s still unlikely but Silva is a proud man and if Dana would just focus on riling up the fanbase by calling for that fight, Silva would have a tough time overcoming his ego to turn it down. And regardless of what Silva says, a guaranteed $2+ million payday would certainly help the cause as well.

    As for Jones, he’s had no reason to call out a fighter a weight class below him. And of course the young kid Jones respects Anderson’s place in the sport, and when pressed about the issue isn’t going to express an interest in fighting him. But if Silva jumps on board with the idea, and is cool with the fight happening at 205, does anyone actually think Jon Jones would try to find a way to run & hide from a fight within his own weight class, that everyone wants to see, that makes infinitely more sense from a rankings/legitimacy standpoint than Vitor or Chael? Of course not. Jones is an innocent bystander at this point; the whole thing rests on Silva’s shoulders.

    But Dana being Dana, he won’t just latch on to a plan (making Silva vs. Jones happen) and go with it. When this week’s stupid Chael-Jones nonsense was revealed, and people naturally asked ‘What about Jones fighting Silva’, Dana went into defensive mode and tried to tell us this doesn’t impact a potential Silva-JBJ matchup at all, and that the GSP-Silva fight had a better chance of happening first anyway.

    What?!?! That type of shit undercuts the momentum for Silva vs. Jones to happen, so Dana can continue to ping pong these superfight ideas, and by refusing to go all in on one or the other he’s basically guaranteeing neither will ever happen.

    But at least we get Jones vs. Chael. Thanks, Dana.

  • raker says:

    “Not happening. And it really shouldn’t. Same with Silva / GSP. Let the king reign in their own dominion; build multiple legacies instead of burning one to fuel another.”

    Hagler-Hearns, Hearns-Leonard, Duran-Leonard, De La Hoya-Hopkins…. Fights and names etched in history an although these men all beat each other senseless, not one legacy was tarnished as a result. Fights like Sliva-Jones create history, they don’t undermine it.

  • Lord Faust says:

    True, but boxing was already a storied sport well before those fights happened.

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Everyone always claims that in boxing great fighters never fight. The names thrown around are numerous. Names like Mayweather, Paqman….Mayweather….Paqman.
    Despite Danas claims that the UFC gives us the fights we want, they hardly ever do.
    GSP vs Diaz was delayed and scraped, GSP vs Silva, Silva vs Jones, Fedor vs Couture, Cormier vs a top UFC fighter, Melendez vs Edgar etc.
    Dana is full of shit and that annoys me but I understand why he lies. What really annoys me though is that cards are getting weaker, the big fights are not happening, the champions are fighting non contenders, more fighters are getting busted for PEDs, TRT is an epidemic and the sport is not becoming credible but remains a novelty for many.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    Melendez vs Edgar

    Eh I think I’d rather see Melendez vs Penn, then Edgar


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