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.