One of the few legitimate “super-fights” in MMA is unquestionably a bout between UFC champions Anderson Silva and Jon Jones. Both men have been dominant over the past few years, looking untouchable for the most part while racking up impressive wins over some of the respective division’s top draws. While each has a serious challenge on the horizon, another few wins could put the talented, title-wearing competitors in a position without any clear-cut contenders in place, opening the door for a future match-up between the two as fans have long been calling for.
Though Jones is not necessarily looking to scrap with Silva, who he considers his friend and a role-model, he recently acknowledged the possibility in an interview with Brazilian outlet SporTV where he offered up some insight on the matter.
“My job is to be prepared to face the best in the world,” began the light heavyweight king. “I’d rather not deal with Anderson, but if I have to fight him, I will focus on my confidence and on my technique. I respect and look up to him so much. For me, the ideal scenario would be having him as my mentor and learn with him after he retires. It would be great for me. That would be ideal, but the world wants to see us fighting.”
Rather than facing Silva, a preferred option for Jones would be to test himself against a larger opponent instead of one fighting at his regular weight or below it.
“I spoke with Dana White about making a heavyweight fight in 2012 but he said he didn’t consider it a good idea right now,” revealed Jones. “But after beating Dan Henderson, Rashad Evans, and maybe Alexander Gustafsson in 2012, I don’t see what to do in this division, not wanting to disrespect anybody.”
Jones will face Evans in April at UFC 145 with Henderson eagerly awaiting his shot at the winner. Gustafsson faces Thiago Silva next month as well, looking to build off victories over Matt Hamill and Vladimir Matyushenko in hopes of establishing himself as a true contender at 205 pounds. Meanwhile, Silva is set for a rematch with rival Chael Sonnen at some point this summer though no official date has been announced.
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