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.
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