The prospect of a super-fight between UFC champions Anderson Silva and Jon Jones appears to be inching closer and closer to becoming a reality. Last week, Jones admitted he was open to the idea of action against Silva at some point soon and “The Spider” has openly considered the possibility as well.
Adding to fuel to speculation about the forthcoming scrap, UFC President Dana White mentioned he got a phone call from the middleweight king after Jones’ successful title-defense against Chael Sonnen at UFC 159 when asked about the potential pairing by Fuel TV’s broadcast team.
“Anderson called me tonight and wants a fight. I’m not going to tell you which fight he wants, but I’m going to get to work on it as soon as possible,” said White, leaving the door open for welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre to be Silva’s supposed target in addition to Jones.
Sonnen also weighed in on the possibility of Jones facing Silva by Fuel TV, telling the crew he felt “Bones” was the superior scrapper based on his experiences with both.
“Jon is a lot better than I thought he was. To beat a guy is one thing. To beat a guy at his game is another. He’s the best fighter I’ve ever fought. He was stronger than Silva,” Sonnen stated. “The last thing I want to do is disparage Anderson Silva. It’s tough. I whipped him for 30 minutes. He whipped me for 30 seconds. I whipped Jon for zero seconds. He whipped me the entire fight. If you’re asking me for my opinion, Jon’s better.”
Jones is 18-1 with past wins over Mauricio Rua, Rashad Evans, Quinton Jackson, and Lyoto Machida. Meanwhile, Silva is 33-4 with sixteen straight instances of success in the Octagon including those over Vitor Belfort, Forrest Griffin, and Dan Henderson. Both are widely considered to be the top two pound-for-pound fighters in MMA.
Silva is currently set to face unbeaten contender Chris Weidman on July 6 at UFC 162.
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