After months of shrugging off suggestions about an in-ring meeting between the two, it looks like Anderson Silva and Jon Jones have both started softening their stance on the scrap, potentially setting up what would be one of the biggest fights in MMA history. Silva’s change of heart was hinted at a little less than two weeks ago with manager Ed Soares confirming the possibility, while Jones addressed the matter over the weekend where he said he didn’t necessarily want to fight Silva but couldn’t state with certainty he never would.

“I’m not saying that the fight will not happen. It can happen. But it’s not something I’m chasing. I do not believe that you need to fight with Anderson to be the best in the world,” explained Jones in an interview with Correio Braziliense, reiterating, “I really do not want to fight with Anderson. I respect him a lot. As I said several times, I do not want to be the guy who beat Anderson and do not want to be the guy who lost to him.”

For now Jones will focus on the task in front of him – a coaching stint on the Ultimate Fighter opposite Chael Sonnen who he’ll then defend his light heavyweight title against in late April. Jones is anxious to capitalize on the opportunity to get his hands on an opponent he genuinely dislikes.

“I hate Chael, I have zero respect,” blasted Jones.

TUF 17 begins taping soon and will air in January. Meanwhile, Silva is sitting idly by while waiting to see how Georges St-Pierre fares on November 17 against Carlos Condit in hopes of facing him in 2013. Still, while it once seemed as though the paths of Jones/Silva would run in a parallel fashion, it now looks like they may indeed cross at some point down the road.