UFC light-heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, wasn’t initially open to the concept of a super-fight against current middleweight champion, Anderson Silva, but he’s starting to warm up to the idea.
Jones still isn’t excited about the possibility of a fight against “The Spider,” but the 25 year-old didn’t rule it out either.
“I respect [Silva] a lot,” Jones said during an interview with Brazilian outlet Correio Braziliense. “As I said several times, I do not want to be the guy who beat Anderson, and do not want to be the guy who lost to him. Anderson is a great champion, I’m a great champion. … I don’t know. I don’t know. … I’m not saying that the fight will not happen. It can happen. But it’s not something I’m chasing. … I don’t believe that I need to fight with Anderson to be the best in the world.”
Given how invincible Silva looked during his UFC 153 outing against Stephan Bonnar, it’s hard to fault Jon Jones for his reluctance to test his skills against MMA’s pound-for-pound king.
UFC president Dana White has already vowed to do whatever it takes to make the Silva vs. Jones fight happen, but it won’t be an easy task. White promised to offer Silva so much money for the bout, he’s confident the greatest fighter in UFC history will eventually sign the contract.
Jones has already agreed to fight Chael Sonnen next, so a super-fight against Silva is out of the picture until the second half of 2013. Both men are currently filming the 17th season of “The Ultimate Fighter” in Las Vegas, Nev., and they’ll fight for Jones’ light-heavyweight title on April 27.
Of course, in the unlikely event that Jones ends up losing his title to Jones, the appeal of a fight against Silva would be significantly reduced.
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