During the UFC 153 post-fight press conference, the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s president, Dana White, vowed he was willing to spend an unprecedented amount of money to coax Anderson Silva into fighting Jon Jones.
During a recent interview with UAE TV, Silva admitted that he does have a price, but I’m not sure White was expecting it to be so high.
“The question [about facing Jones] would have to be made to Dana White,” Silva said. “Let’s ask if he’ll give me 50% of the UFC. If he will, maybe this fight will happen.”
Silva has never seemed interested in fighting Jones, so it’s not surprising he would set his price so high. Fortunately, “The Spider” is a lot more interested in a fight against current welterweight champion, Georges St. Pierre, and there’s still a decent chance we’ll get to see a champion vs. champion fight in 2013. That is, if GSP agrees to go along with the plan.
Like Anderson Silva, Jones isn’t interested in a super-fight either, but he hasn’t yet ruled out the possibility. “Bones” is currently preoccupied with the filming of the 17th season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” and he’s already booked to fight Chael Sonnen on April 27.
Anderson Silva isn’t in a rush to get back inside the Octagon, so his next fight will probably be against a well-recognized opponent. At this point in Anderson’s career, he’s made it clear he’s only interested in highly profitable bouts and building his brand.
“I have personal projects outside of the UFC and want to put them in practice,” Silva added. “I’m opening my own martial arts academy in LA. I want to do my thing, take some air, spend time with the family. I have more to do than take punches to the face.”
MMA fans are craving super-fights, but it’s clear the fighters aren’t keen of the idea of champions fighting champions. I can’t say blame them, as weight classes were created for a reason.
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.