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Anderson Silva Asks For Over a Billion Dollars to Fight Jon Jones

Basics of negotiation dictate that one starts with a high asking price. UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva doesn’t need to be told that twice.

Fans want Silva to fight light heavyweight king Jon Jones, but neither he nor Jones really seem all that interested in tainting their legacies testing themselves against one another. Well, sorta, but not really. Nonetheless, UFC Prez Dana White has confidently declared on several occasions that he has the cashflow to change their minds completely.

“I think the Jon Jones fight is a big fight. I know my man says ‘No, no, no,’” White told reporters at the UFC 153 post-fight press conference, “but the amount of money that would be offered for that fight, I guarantee you I will make Anderson Silva say, ‘Yes, yes, yes.’”

O RLY?”, Silva recently replied in an interview with Brazil’s Tatame Magazine, stating that his price tag to fight Jon Jones is a completely reasonable 50% of the UFC’s net worth. “Let’s ask him to see if [White] will give me 50% of the UFC,” Silva told Tatame.

White has publicly estimated that the UFC is worth $2.5 billion. Half of that is…well, we’re writers not mathematicians but we’re betting its a lot of money.

And why does Silva have such a high price for Jones’ head, you ask? Because he has better things to do than this Ultimate Fighting nonsense, of course.

“I have my projects out of the UFC and I want to put them into practice,” Silva went on.

To open my school (martial arts) in Los Angeles. I do my thing, take a breath a little, take time with my family. I have better things to do (than just taking punches in the face).”

Well Anderson, if you’re so opposed to getting punched in the face, perhaps it would be in your best interest to not leave your hands at your sides and let your opponents do exactly that during your next fight. Just a suggestion.

But at least we have a starting point from Silva as to what type of money it will take to get him to fight the larger Jones instead of his dream fight with the much smaller Georges St. Pierre. Sure, that figure is completely ridiculous and as close to a stonewalling as we’ve seen from a UFC champion and supposed GOAT, but you gotta start somewhere, right guys?

Let’s hope that Jones doesn’t ask for a 50/50 deal as well, because we may not be all that great with this math stuff, but with each fighter taking half of the UFC as their purse, there won’t be that many halves left…

-Elias Cepeda

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joehud- May 1, 2013 at 3:21 am
Jon Jones doesn't even have a legacy yet. The dude is still young as hell and hasn't even beat Tito Ortiz's record. If he lost every fight here forward, he would hardly be remembered. If Silva lost all from here forward, it would be said he was "one of the best" and "at 37-38 years of age he was too old".
tyoz- January 5, 2013 at 11:22 pm
these two puffs are no better than floyd and manny. they are scared of ruining their legacy.
ArmFarmer- November 6, 2012 at 11:33 am
Superfights don't belong in mma? Dumbest shit I've heard in a while. "Fuck jones silva, nobody wants to see that shit! Not when we've got bonnar, belfort, and sonnen willing to jump around and fight champions in opposite weightclasses in fights that are just as much undeserved as they are completely illogical from every other perspective imaginable. Yeah, lets have some more of those!"
Casa de los pantelones- November 6, 2012 at 9:16 am
It's quite simple. If they really wanted to fight, one would move up or move down in weight and make a run. These bullshit 'superfights' are retarded and don't belong in the MMA world unless the fighters actually want it. That's what you get for being nice and making friends with other fighters.

That or one or both of them is scared. In either case, unless the fighters want to be in the same division, if even physically possible, with another great fighter...stop talking about it. Anderson carries the extra weight fine...Jones is already a friggin stick, so the ball would be in Andersons court.

Move on, nobody cares about these pipe dreams.
masterbaitntackle- November 6, 2012 at 6:36 am
Anybody else have a feeling that the only way we're gonna see those 2 fight is by playing UFC undisputed 3? Yet another dream matchup that won't happen like GSP vs Silva, Brock Lesnar vs Fedor, Captain America vs Fedor, Dana White vs Tito Ortiz....
El Guapo- November 5, 2012 at 9:43 pm
Alltime highest PPV was De La Hoya-Mayweather with 2.5 million buys. I'm thinking Bones-Silva will surpass that.
Multiplied by 60, add the live gate, plus sponsorships, network deals, etc., yadda yadda... 50 mill a pop still isn't even half of the total revenue. Now stop rolling on the floor. It's dirty down there.
tyoz- January 5, 2013 at 11:21 pm
Bones-Silva will not surpass 2.5million. It will not surpass 1million. Get real son.
Mr_Misanthropy- November 5, 2012 at 9:26 pm
Pinche tecolote! Esta muy chistoso!

Pero, el chiste consiste en que alguien le aconseja que se tire usted de un helicóptero.
Pen Fifteen- November 5, 2012 at 9:09 pm
LOL at all the dipshits acting like the dude was totally cereal about this number. By the time he finally takes the Jones fight, for more money than any of us could ever dream of, you'll be begging DFW to take your $59.99.
Nick Bruiser- November 5, 2012 at 7:15 pm
rofl @ 50M
dipsetkilla316- November 5, 2012 at 6:30 pm
Im sure he joking he just dosent wanna fight jones stil its prob gonna happen not for a bill though
dranokills- November 5, 2012 at 5:55 pm
fuck that sorry piece of scared pussy. fire him Dana. show him his true worth.
holeeball- November 5, 2012 at 5:49 pm
This move would actually put him ahead of current UFC undisputed #1 businessman Chael Sonnen.
holeeball- November 5, 2012 at 5:48 pm
He's cleaned the division and now he's gonna clean house. All hail Silva. Haters gonna hate.
Clyde- November 5, 2012 at 1:45 pm
One Billion dollars? A Billion? $1,000,000,000.00?
Just for my own curiosity, is he expecting a win bonus on top of this should he be successful?
If he asked for a billion Real, that's still about 490 million dollars. The man's an amazing fighter but he's got to be trolling us here if he thinks he's worth it.
El Guapo- November 5, 2012 at 1:16 pm
I've always maintained he'd retire before fighting Bones, but this is definitely a smart business move by Silva. He's recently been warming to the fight and tossing that crazy figure out there let's Dana know he's gonna have to pay them a gang of money to make it happen. I'm thinking they'll each get 50 mill if the fight does go down, which is still chump change compared to how much PPV money the UFC's gonna rake in..
ArmFarmer- November 5, 2012 at 12:47 pm
6 months from now as Anderson retires "Hey, I tried to make that fight, me and Jones agreed to it, the UFC failed to put it together.. now that we're passed that, let's talk about me being a legend some more"
MassNerder- November 5, 2012 at 12:06 pm
Fuck Anderson Silva!
teep- November 5, 2012 at 11:30 am
"Unless you pay me 1 million dollars, I will use my laser and destroy the planet!" I think maybe Silva has Mienere's too. They have all gone crazy.
Smokestack- November 5, 2012 at 10:18 am
Dana White only owns 10% of the UFC anyway.
RearNakedSpoon- November 5, 2012 at 9:58 am
I hear echo's of Silva nuthuggers claiming "he doesn't fight for the money".
GSP should ask for the same to fight Silva now, see if the Silva camp has any objections to it...I bet they do.
Fried Taco- November 5, 2012 at 9:53 am
Bas Rutten did a movie with Nic Cage?!? I gotta see that!
Smokestack- November 5, 2012 at 10:17 am
That's Nick Cassavetes' head and that gif is a scene from Face/Off.