Anderson Silva: “If I fight Jon Jones, I don’t think I’m going to win.”

Anderson Silva: “If I fight Jon Jones, I don’t think I’m going to win.”

If UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva emerges with his title-reign intact after this weekend’s match-up with Chris Weidman at UFC 162 there will be a heated debate regarding who “The Spider” should face next. Leading the pack of opponents fans have called for Silva to square off against is unquestionably UFC light heavyweight king Jon Jones who has looked every bit as dominant as Silva during his run inside the Octagon.

If the bout comes together it will mark a unique situation beyond the simple fact the scrap would be a legitimate super-fight. Rather, it would also be a rare instance of Silva actually entering an effort as the competitor who is intimidated by the challenge in front of him.

“Jon Jones, in his class, is the best. If I fight Jon Jones, I don’t think I’m going to win,” admitted Silva in a conversation with media captured by MMAFighting. “Jon Jones is different. He’s large. He’s young. But, in the fight, I see in Jon Jones, I see myself from a long time ago. He’s very smart.”

Silva went on to explain his only advantage against Jones would involve experience rather than physical tools or skill-set. As far as comparing the two on paper, Silva is currently 33-4 with 26 stoppages, while Jones holds an overall record of 18-1 with fifteen finishes. Both have beaten a number of former UFC champions with the bunch including Mauricio Rua, Quinton Jackson, Rashad Evans, Rich Franklin, Forrest Griffin, and Vitor Belfort.

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  • Dufresne says:

    Anderson has also said that if Aldo was a MW he would retire and that Lyoto would beat him in a fight. I’m not saying Silva is lying, but he’s made self depreciating coments in the past. If they were to fight today, I would give the advantage to Silva, just barely. If they fight in a year I think the advantage will have swung to JBJ. He just improves so fast.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    About the Machida part, that’s enforced by the rumor that Silva can’t beat Machida when they spar

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Yeah, with each passing day you’ve got the double-whammy effect of Jones moving towards his prime while Anderson moves inevitably away from his. This is still the matchup I’d like to see more than anything else in MMA today, but the window of opportunity is closing fast.

    But I’ll still hold out hope. If Silva beats Wiedman this weekend, there’s nothing left at MW. Sure, a rematch with Vitor would be decent but I highly doubt that’s what Silva is looking for at this stage of his career. Dana can get a head start talking to Silva about negotiations for Jones superfight, so that by the time Jones beats Gustafsson in September they can hammer out the details to make this fight happen Super Bowl weekend in Feb. 2014… imagine the build-up for that fight, with FOX promos during the NFL playoffs, etc… the hype would be off the charts.

    So yeah, it probably won’t happen.

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  • MCM says:

    He says he wants big money fights. Ain’t no fight out there bigger than Jones. Unless he fights GSP in Montreal.

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  • waitetr says:

    Well considering GSP is supposedly the PPV king that would be the big money fight…however I bet he makes a mint with either one. In fact I’d probably finally pay to see a PPV for either of these since I haven’t done so in years due to the fact that I’m cheap and just watch the highlights instead.

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