Anderson Silva still isn’t interested in fight with Jon Jones

Just because fans will have an opportunity to see legendary champion Anderson Silva compete as a 205 pounder next weekend at UFC 153 doesn’t mean the masses should get used to the idea of “The Spider” fighting as a light heavyweight. Silva’s bout will mark the third time he’s fought in the division since signing with the UFC and it very well may be the last too.

“There’s always been a lot of talks about me moving up to 205, I know Dana White has talked about it a lot, all the fans have talked a lot about me moving up and facing Jon Jones, but it’s something I’ve never wanted,” explained Silva during a conference call with media promoting the October 13 event, adding that he also wasn’t interested in infringing on potential opportunities for teammates like Rafael Cavalcante and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira to challenge for Jones’ title.

“I’m 37-years old and I feel like I need to be honest and to continue what I’ve built which is keep defending my belt at 185,” he concluded.

Silva is set to face Stephan Bonnar the upcoming event where he’ll go for a third straight win at light heavyweight, knocking out James Irvin and Forrest Griffin in the first frame of their respective rumbles. If he emerges from the bout with his hand raised Silva will improve his amazing streak in the Octagon to sixteen straight victories.

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  • It truly seems like these two just have no interest in fighting each other, which sucks. I for one think this would be the superfight we all want to see due to Anderson’s absolute greatness currently being challenged be only Jon Jones. GSP may have more title defenses, but Jones has now beaten five former champions all but one by dynamic finish.
    I would love to see Anderson take this step up as its a fight both could afford to lose without tarnishing their legacies(Anderson could win because he’s the GOAT and no one would look down on Jones and Jones could win because of his overwhelming size strength and wrestling ability and no one would think less of Silva) and there are so many HUGE questions to be answered( Can Silva’s superb speed and technique get him inside the reach of Jon Jones, How will Jon Jones react to the most accurate striker in the sport peppering him with shots to the most damaging areas of Jones’s face, can Silva submit Jones etc.) but on the whole I understand why they wouldnt fight. NOW that being said money talks and both of these guys are the most sponsored and soon to be most recognizable MMA figures in the world(if not already). It would be a tremendous fight.

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  • “we all want to see due to Anderson’s absolute greatness currently being challenged be only Jon Jones”
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  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    It won’t happen because Silva and his camp know it is a fight he very well might lose. Jones would pose the same problems for him that he poses to most other fighters he faces.

    Accurate striking, unorthodox attacks, reach advantage, strength and being the bigger man in the cage.

    Why would Silva want to fight a younger, taller, more dangerous version of himself?

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    “There’s always been a lot of talks about me moving up to 205, I know Dana White has talked about it a lot, all the fans have talked a lot about me moving up and facing Jon Jones, but it’s something I’ve never wanted.”

    Anderson’s next fight is at 205, where he’s also competed & won in the past.

    About 4 years ago Anderson toyed with the notion of a superfight against Chuck Lidell, which would have been at 205.

    He’s continued to talk about wanting big fights that matter (i.e. superfights), while simultaneously suggesting that the current MW contenders are not worthy of a shot at his belt.

    But then once Jon Jones is brought up, he completely switches gears. All of a sudden the 205 weight is a stretch. And he’s content sticking at MW. That’s fine…keep clearing out the MW contenders and see how far you run you brilliant streak/title defenses. Nothing at all wrong with that.

    But if you continue to balk at facing the current crop of MW contenders, and insist on talking about the superfights, then JBJ will continue to be brought up cuz it’s the matchup that makes the most damn sense.

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