Many in the MMA community are fantasizing about a Jon Jones vs. Anderson Silva super-fight, but the odds of the two champions ever squaring up are pretty slim. Both seem wary about the possibility of fighting the other, and Jones spoke rather candidly about the subject during a recent interview with Max Kellerman.
“It’s not that he won’t fight me or I won’t fight him,” Jones said. “To be dead honest, it’s – we both have a lot to lose. And we both respect each other a lot and we are both striving for personal greatness. I don’t want to crap on his greatness; I don’t want him crapping on my greatness. You know, we are in completely different weight classes. … I respect Anderson Silva so much; I don’t want to be the guy to beat him. I don’t want to lose to him either; it’s a lose-lose situation.”
Jon Jones deserves a lot of credit for being honest about his thoughts on a super-fight against Anderson Silva, and I do agree with some of the points he made.
Even though Silva has enjoyed some success in the light-heavyweight division, he clearly isn’t the same size as Jones. The current UFC middleweight champion has fought as light as 168 pounds in the past, and his lanky frame is better suited for the 185-pound division. The only way a fight between the two would be fair is to make it at a catch weight of 195 pounds, but I’m not sure Jones would be able to make the weight.
Besides, if both men fought, and Jones defeated the 37 year-old Silva, he’ll never get full credit for his accomplishment. After all, he’s the younger, bigger man.
Unless UFC president Dana White offers Silva and Jones an unprecedented amount of money, I can’t see a super-fight between the two ever happening. Both men have competent challengers in their respective divisions, and I can’t blame them for being reluctant about the idea.
Anton Gurevich, “Jon Jones: Fighting Anderson Silva is a lose-lose situation”
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.