(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?