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Anderson Silva wants Jon Jones at catch-weight in New York City

Jon JonesThe 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.

PHOTO CREDIT – UFC

8 COMMENTS
  • AlphaOmega says:

    Wow really? Silva’s said this whole time he won’t fight Jones, now he wants a catchweight, wonder what Jones thinks about that. Also wonder what Weidman thinks

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  • qat says:

    While i want to see Weidman get his shot, this is a fight i want to see asap! Question is, can Jones make that weight without losing too much juice?

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  • THEGUNNER says:

    His nick names bones already as it is. lol. I think bones will take the fight sooner than gsp and much props to a s being the one calling out the best.

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  • MCM says:

    I got the feeling this is never gonna happen. As much as the MMA world has been clamoring for it and as big an event as it would be, I just can’t see the UFC risking either one of these two having a loss. I also don’t think Jones can make 192 lbs. Even he says he’ll eventually have to move to HW.
    I hope I’m wrong because EVERYONE wants this fight, but I’m not getting my hopes up.

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  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    I don’t want to hear this catchweight bullshit. Silva can make 205 as long as there is an overmatched opponent and an easy payday. When faced with fighting a younger, similar styled fighter that would be a betting favorite, there is hesitation.

    You want to be called greatest of all time? Want to retire undefeated? Quit acting like you can’t fight comfortably at 205.

    The pressure is on Silva and not Jones. All this posturing from Silva about if he will fight at all for next year, if he will make 205 to fight Jones, if he will fight GSP, Weidman, wanting to fight Cung Lee makes me think hes node worried about legacy preservation.

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  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    **more worried about legacy preservation**

    Damn autocorrect

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  • MCM says:

    He also said that LHW is Machida’s division. I kinda agree with you Hatter, but for years he’s been pretty adamant about not getting the LHW title while Lyoto is still in the hunt.

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  • darth_irritable says:

    MCM – to be fair though, saying Lyoto is in the hunt for the title is like saying the A’s are in the hunt for the World Series…

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