The paperwork isn’t in place and nothing has been verbally agreed to, but the likelihood of a super-fight between UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva and light heavyweight title-holder Jon Jones grew recently after “The Spider” expressed interest in seeing the scrap unfold later this year. However, Silva isn’t interested in putting his belt on the line or challenging Jones for his, instead focusing on a catch-weight clash between the two.
Silva’s comments came to employees of a Brazilian company holding a conference in Las Vegas after he was asked about Jones. SporTV was on hand, reporting Silva replied that he’d like to meet Jones at about 192 pounds with the bout coming in New York City.
Though it wasn’t mentioned, Madison Square Garden would be a likely landing spot for the potential pairing considering the participants involved. Adding intrigue, Jones is a native New Yorker.
One of Silva’s managers, Jorge Guimaraes, was sought for further detail and explained, “This is a fight that nobody is interested in taking the belt from anyone. Eventually it can happen, everything indicates that it can happen, but nothing is confirmed yet.”
Silva is unbeaten in the Octagon, posting a 16-0 mark including multiple title-defenses and wins over a few respectable light heavyweights, while Jones’ overall record is 17-1 with the only loss involving a disqualification after landing an accidental illegal elbow to an opponent who was already on his way out of the tilt. Both have been dominant in nearly all instances, finishing the bulk of their foes and outclassing many of their top peers.
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