Wanderlei Silva has seen a ton of talented Mixed Martial Artists over a lengthy career inside the ring. However, it seems few fighters have compared to the competitor he considers UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones to be.
Silva was recently asked about Jones abilities in relation to an upcoming title-defense against Chael Sonnen where “The Axe Murderer” was more than happy to offer up a prediction of how he envisions the fight unfolding.
“Jones will swallow Sonnen. I spoke with Jones and told him that he can win the fight only with jabs, with one hand tied behind his back,” laughed the legendary fighter in an interview with Sherdog.
While Sonnen’s status as top contender is questionable to say the least, Silva’s fairly certain there aren’t any other 205ers on the UFC’s roster who would fare much better against the 17-1 superstar. Of course, there’s a certain middleweight who has dipped his toe in the 205-pound pool a few times who might be up to the task.
“The only person who can beat Jones today is Anderson Silva,” concluded Silva on the matter.
Jones-Sonnen are set to scrap on April 27 at UFC 159 after facing off as coaches on TUF 17. Meanwhile, Silva has a showdown of his own on the horizon, facing Brian Stann in the main event at UFC on Fuel 8.
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