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Anderson Silva: “If I Fight Jon Jones, I Don’t Think I’m Going to Win”

(Silva vs. Jones: A dream fight that will continue to exist only in the realm of oddly proportioned fan-art. / Illustration via IsraelFelix)

During a media luncheon Monday in Burbank, California, UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva was asked for perhaps the millionth time about a possible super fight against light-heavyweight title holder Jon Jones. This time, however, Silva chose to answer the question, and in a remarkably candid way.

“If I fight Jon Jones, I don’t think I’m going to win,” Silva said.

Silva defends his title against Chris Weidman this Saturday at UFC 162. He has previously sought a super fight against welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre but GSP has seemed publicly uninterested in the bout.

The Canadian champ has cited Silva’s size as a prohibiting factor, but has stopped short of saying that he didn’t think he could beat the pound for pound king. Monday’s comments from Silva may or may not still be the champ acting coy with the media, teasing us with suggestions, denials and non-answers, but it is certainly more direct than anything he’s ever said before on the topic.

“Jon Jones is different,” Silva said. “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.”

When asked if he’d have any advantages over Jones, Anderson could only cite his experience. “I don’t know,” he said.

“In my opinion, ‘Spider’ has more experience than Jon Jones, but that’s the only advantage.”

Do you think this spells the end of the Silva vs. Jones pipe dream, taters? Or, is Silva just once more entertaining himself with his own interviews, or perhaps psyching himself up for the challenge of fighting a man he doesn’t think he can beat?

- Elias Cepeda

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RearNakedSpoon- July 2, 2013 at 3:38 pm
Even Silva is coming to the conclusion that he can't fight legitimate UFC fighters without a huge size advantage. His tin lined career isn't worth the Wikipedia html it's written on basically.
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El Guapo- July 2, 2013 at 11:21 am
"If I fight GSP, I don't think I will lose."

When did Silva become Money Mayweather?
mookiestick- July 2, 2013 at 10:26 am
Silva is an amazing striker but wanting to fight the smaller guy as opposed to the larger guy seems both bullish and cowardly.

I used to hate Anderson Silva but about a week agao I said, let me watch some of his videos instead of always being a hater on this guy. He was spectacular. I actually think he has the best striking out there. I wasn't a big fan of his taunting and humilating his opponents but aside from that he was remarkable. I say to hell with these superfights. They're never gonna happen.

The smaller champ will never fight the larger champ. There is a saying in karate, "equally skilled, size plays a role".
The12ozCurls- July 2, 2013 at 9:19 am
Gobbleston- July 2, 2013 at 9:03 am
Jones' chin hasn't been solidly tested though, in my opinion. Machida was really the first person to get in some good shots, and Jones was not pleased with that at all. Not to mention that Machida's first set of strikes are never really as dangerous as when his autistic brain finally figures out how to destroy you. I think Anderson can get at least a couple in there, and that man crits every time he lands.
cman- July 2, 2013 at 8:37 am
@gobble: his striking advantage is kinda tough to see winning when he has a 10" reach disadvantage fighting a guy who should be a HW.
Of course Silva should be a LHW, but that drags in same day weigh ins which is beaten to death already.
cman- July 2, 2013 at 8:35 am
Same age? I would go with silva, now? I don't see it.
Old military adage: when there is a notable size difference the bigger man wins 90% of the time unless the bigger man is very unskilled or the smaller man is VERY skilled. BJ Penn showed us how hard that is thru 4 weight classes.
In any p4p conversation I'd bet on the normally heavier weight class.
Gobbleston- July 2, 2013 at 8:30 am
This is both stupid and sad at the same time. Stupid because Anderson saying he has basically no advantage over Jones when everybody (and I bet himself included) damn well know his stand-up striking out-classes Jones' by an unquantifiable multiplier. Second, it’s sad for Anderson to outright admit he thinks he can’t win, because if he doesn’t fight Jones, it pretty much solidifies his detractors in believing that he tries to duck any solid competition.
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RoezCity- July 2, 2013 at 8:21 am
Fight won't happen.
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