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Jon Jones no longer counting out possibility of showdown with Anderson Silva

Anderson SilvaIt wasn’t long ago UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones shrugged off every suggestion of a potential super-fight with legitimate legend Anderson Silva, citing his respect for, and friendship with, Silva as being prohibitive to the notion of the two ever facing off. However, both men have recently changed course, voicing a preference to avoid action against one another but leaving the door cracked open for the clash rather than shutting it altogether.

Jones was recently asked to elaborate on his thoughts regarding a rumble with Silva where, again, he expressed reserved interest in seeing the match-up materialize.

MMA Heat was on hand and able to document the conversation.

“Everything is a possibility. I can’t count too much out,” said Jones to a group of media members at UFC on FOX 5. “I believe we were put on this earth to think big, dream big, and not limit ourselves. Fighting Anderson would definitely be a testament to my faith and my warrior spirit…who knows what will happen in the future.”

“I think super-fights are important for the sport. They are important for legacies,” he concluded on the notion of putting together relevant bouts involving MMA’s biggest stars.

The 25-year old is currently immersed in taping TUF 17 opposite Chael Sonnen. The two are expected to fight in late April with the winner going on to face either Alexander Gustafsson or the winner of Dan Henderson-Lyoto Machida. Of course, with it looking more and more like Jones and Silva could collide at some point in 2013, all bets could be off as far as title-contendership go.

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15 COMMENTS
  • MickeyC says:

    I think I would respect these guys a bit more if they just came out and said” I want a shitload of Money”. Rather than acting like they have had some change of heart.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Jon Jones has been caught in the middle of this thing all along.

    At 25 years old, he’s a relative kid compared to the legendary Silva and seems to have a genuine respect for the elder statesman. He’s had no reason to call out Silva, particularly when Silva has competed predominantly at a weight class below Jones. When the superfight topic would get brought up, knowing Silva had already downplayed any interest in fighting Jones, JBJ would essentially echo that sentiment. Not because he was scared of fighting Silva or otherwise trying to duck him; he was simply deferring to Silva’s own response on the matter — no thanks.

    But the more this thing gets talked about, with Silva eventually changing his tune a bit to leave the door open, Jones is again following Silva’s lead in basically saying, ya never know.

    As has been the case all along, Silva will dictate whether this superfight happens. He’s competed at 205 and, though sparingly and against lesser competition, been thorougly dominant at LHW. So if he wants to challenge for Jones’ belt, all he need to do is make the call. At that point, it’s not like Jones would attempt to turn down a fight within his own weight class; that’s a ridiculous notion.

    Back to Silva, if Dana White would quit talking about the GSP fight that just isn’t going to happen, and focus on actually putting together the Jones-Silva fight, it could happen. The same way he handled things when Silva balked at facing Chael a second time… turn up the pressure, gets the fans/media riled up about the matchup, and Silva being the proud warrior that he is would accept the challenge. But that hasn’t happened. The idea gets tossed around but there’s no real pressure on Silva to actually make it happen. Dana starts rambling about GSP vs. Silva at Cowboy Stadium…and he ties up Jones with a silly Chael fight to help boost TUF ratings. So this superfight crap just keeps going in circles while nothing actually gets done.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    It kinda confuses me why Dana pushes so hard for GSP vs Silva, and not Jones vs Silva, unless he doesn’t want to lose the star power of Jones this early by giving him a tougher match.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    AO, again I’d say money is a main factor. While Jones-Silva would be a sexy matchup, it can’t compare to GSP-Silva. When it comes to PPV figures GSP is king, and pairing him with Silva would shatter previously established marks, potentially reaching 2 million buys.

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  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    If the UFC fails to make Jones v Silva it will be akin to boxing’s failure to make Pacquiao-Mayweather (which is now somewhat ruined due to Pacquiao’s knockout loss). It’s a record-breaking bout in terms of box office and the guys are too close in weight to not throw down without a good reason.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    Richard do you really thing Silva/GSP will make more then Jones/Silva? I think Jones/Silva could at least equal the buys, especially like Brendhan just pointed about how close they are in size.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Jones-Silva is absolutely the fight I’d most like to see happen, but I’m not sure it would surpass the ~1.5 million PPV buys of UFC 100 with both Brock & GSP headlining.

    But a GSP-Silva pairing would shatter the mark, which I believe is a big reason why DW has pushed hardest for that superfight pairing. GSP is a monster draw… dude got almost 1 million buys fighting Jake freaking Shields.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Hell, how many buys would come from Canada alone with a GSP-Silva fight? He’s a mega star there. It’s on a smaller scale being Canada, but GSP does for PPV numbers what Tyson did back in the day.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    You could say the same thing though about Jones-Silva fight in Brazil, it’d do outstanding buys there too, because it’s Silva’s home turf

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Silva would be fighting one or the other between GSP/Jones, so Brazil is in the mix either way as far as PPV buys. Are you thinking of venue & live gate as well?

    In any case, I’m in complete agreement Jones-Silva is the better fight, but it just wouldn’t reach the same drawing power as GSP being involved. He remains the most popular fighter in the sport.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    I was just responding to your part about how big a GSP fight in canada would do, a Silva super fight in Brazil would do the same thing, because it is his home turf, be it against Jones or GSP, or really just a Silva fight in Brazil would do huge numbers.

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  • moosebaby02 says:

    Richard
    I will agree with you on how big of a draw GSP is and the buys in Canada and all that but there is allot of people who want to see Bones get good ass whooping as well. Right now the only one looking like they have more the a realistic chance is Anderson. There is the old vs the new, skill styles or who has the better striking. But the Bones ass whooping will bring the ppv buys

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    Honestly it all comes down to who the casual fans know more, do they know GSP more? If so then GSP/Silva will do more numbers, if they know Jones more then that one would do more numbers. All of us who frequent sites like this don’t count (as much), because we can look past the name and analyze the fight itself.

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  • MCM says:

    I’d say the casuals know Jones as much, if not more, than GSP. GSP is somewhat media shy and comes across as pretty wooden in interviews, where as Jones has had numerous guest appearances on sports talk shows and even as a commentator on Fox.

    My personnel opinion is that it’s best for GSP’s (and A.S.) career to move up in weight, but I’d rather watch Jones/Silva. And since both these guys are also top PPV draws (according to Dana), I don’t understand the argument of simply saying GSP generates more PPV revenue.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    This isn’t a big deal to me but you guys are underestimating GSP’s star power. Jon Jones doesn’t come close to him as far as a PPV draw. The gap might be narrowing after GSP’s extended absence and JBJ’s continued rise, but as of now GSP is still the biggest draw, ahead of Silva, Jones & anyone else. Brock was the only guy on his level.

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