After yet another dominant performance inside the Octagon, not to mention one at 205 pounds, fans’ focus has turned from Anderson Silva facing welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre at a catch-weight to a meeting with light heavyweight king Jon Jones. Even UFC broadcaster Joe Rogan labeled the notion of the two talented fighters never colliding in the cage as a “travesty” shortly after Silva’s win on Saturday night.
Unfortunately, despite outside influences, both Jones and Silva have remained adamant in their opposition to an outing inside the Octagon. In Silva’s case, “The Spider” doesn’t want to infringe on his 205-pound teammates’ title-hopes, while Jones has cited his overwhelming respect for the dynamic Brazilian as a roadblock in a potential rumble.
However, UFC President Dana White has a different take on things and hasn’t given up on the possibility of Silva-Jones turning from fantasy into reality.
“I think Anderson’s one of those guys that loves challenges and I think he will take the Jones fight, not to mention the fact that the money for that fight would be hard for either one of them to turn down,” said White in an interview with Fuel TV after the conclusion of UFC 153 where Silva stopped Stephan Bonnar with strikes in the opening round of action. “If you don’t think I want to see Jones vs. Silva, you’re crazy.”
White also made it clear he’s still intrigued by the thought of Silva also facing GSP at some point down the road but, in his words, “Timing means everything too. We’ve got shows to run. There’s no sitting around, waiting for this or that.”
St-Pierre has said in the past he would need to take a significant chunk of time off to bulk up to be at a point he’d feel comfortable competing at 185 pounds.
Check out the complete interview with White below where he also addresses Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira’s future in the UFC:
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