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Anderson Silva Says He Will Never Fight Jon Jones, But St-Pierre Is Another Story

(“Bones is like a brother to me —  dangerous brother with crazy elbows and knees.”)

If you were holding your breath for an eventual Anderson Silva-Jon Jones showdown, you might want to stop before you pass out because it isn’t going to happen.

In a recent interview with the Brazilian website esportes.r7, “The Spider” said that he wouldn’t fight Jones and all but refuted the recent claim by Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira that Silva would likely jump up to 205 after his fight with Yushin Okami in Rio in August.

“No way. [Jones] is in another weight class,” Silva explained. “We’re friends and we will not face each other.”

Silva did say that a potential superfight with UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre could go down if both fighters get past their next respective opponents.

“There’s a chance [a fight with GSP] might happen, yes. It depends on the results of our next bouts. It depends on if he wins at UFC 129 and if I win in August in Rio. If we do, there is a good chance this fight will happen.”

It sounds like the fight has been discussed and that it might happen before the end of 2011, perhaps as part of the UFC’s year-end show since Anderson is explaining the stipulations like they’ve already been set out. I’m not sure why they both have to retain their respective titles unless GSP is planning on fighting at 185 to try to unify the belts, though. I guess we’ll have to wait until August to find out.

Silva also touched briefly on few other topics and fighters in the interview.

Here’s what he had to say about:

UFC Rio:
“I’ll face Okami, but I’m not going out for revenge, I’m going there to do my job. It is a great opportunity because the UFC is going back to Brazil. The fight is very important for me and for him.”

Demian Maia:
Demian is a great fighter. He’s making his mark and he’s likely to be champion of this division, no doubt.”

Jose Aldo:
“Jose Aldo is a phenomenon and certainly has all of the skills to keep this belt for many, many, many years.”

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shayes99- April 19, 2011 at 5:08 am
Silva is afraid.........very afraid.
Smitty- April 18, 2011 at 7:35 pm
What I don't get is how NONE of you people have ever met or, hung out with Anderson Silva yet, you are calling him a dick, a douche, and an asshole. Why is it that you never hear him refered to like that by any fighters or Joe and Goldie. These people KNOW him personally, and the only words they use to describe Silva are, respectful, honorable, nice, and a great fighter. Sounds to me like some of you got a bad case of "he beat up my friend so, I don't like him". If you're gonna be a fan of this great sport, do it with some dignity. At least RwilsonR can compliment the guy while admitting his disdain for him. Grow up!
Bootylam- April 18, 2011 at 8:54 am
Why does anybody even want this fight between GSP and AS? Too much of a size difference to be good, plain and simple. When both guys are that good, size takes it. And to whoever said Overeem can beat Velasquez... BWAHAHAHA!!! You are stupid. The strongest man in MMA got worked like an amateur, you really think Reem has anything for Cain? Go educate yourself on how to evaluate fighting, then rephrase.
fognack- April 18, 2011 at 1:52 am
I hope this ends up like Tito and Chuck.
PauliostheGreat- April 17, 2011 at 11:43 am
@ Machineboi-Before you start throwing out statements make sure you have the facts right. GSP has only lost twice, not multiple times, and quit trying to jump on the "racist" bandwagon.
rampageisgod- April 17, 2011 at 8:59 am
I was not aware that Fail Sonnen punched the shit out of Silva. I know he threw some punches but I was under the impression that they did little, if any, damage.
Cro Cops Cup- April 17, 2011 at 8:51 am
The reason Anderson/GSP is a superfight is because they are both dominating champions who have cleared out their divisions. Bones hasn't even defended his belt & still has many challengers at 205. If he can remain champion for another 1 or 2 years, then the Silva/Bones superfight makes sense.

Until then, let Bones solidify his championship legacy.
rags81- April 17, 2011 at 8:28 am
Blah, I haven't had my coffee yet so please forgive the spelling errors on passed, and past in the above post. I just know some douchebag will try to discredit the whole arguement based on that.
rags81- April 17, 2011 at 8:25 am
Ladies, Ladies,

In case you forget, GSP vs. Silva is the superfight you have been pushing for since 2009. The timing and interest is now right, GSP has a tough test ahead of him in Shields, and if he wins he has time to gain weight in the manner he has stated, by slowly adding quality weight. In the meantime, Silve has to get past Okami which would set up the superfight we have all been waiting for between two dominant champions and the respective #1 and #2 P4P kings.

Jones is still a relative newcomer, who hasn't even defended his belt once. Though impressive to date, his accomplishments don't put him in GSP or Silva's caliber quite yet. He would have to get passed Rashad, and whoever is next in the 205 ladder to really show what his championship caliber is. Getting passed a sluggish Shogun, outmatched Bader, and for fucks sake Brandon Vera hardly qualifies him as the god of MMA some many are worshipping at this stage in the game. Let's fight the fights, and see where the chips fall. At best, a Silva vs. Jones superfight would be 1 1/2 - 2 years away. Not to mention several tough fights for all involved. This is reality, not a UFC fantasy league or video game where matchup can be made on a whim.
RwilsonR- April 17, 2011 at 7:51 am
@ dthrckt - not really sure what your Wikipedia source is trying to prove, but it obviously isn't reading comprehension. He broke James Irvin's face, and if you don't think he broke Forrest Griffin's spirit then you haven't seen the fight, or Forrest's inability to deal with the fight since.
The larger point was that Anderson Silva can be, and has been every bit as impressive as Jon Jones. In fact, he may be the only one in the world who is, so it use Jones ability to impressively finish as an argument against Anderson. Yes, Anderson is frutrating as hell when he chooses to dance around and play games. But that doesn't mean he can't be impressive on a level we have rarely seen in this sport. I don't want to even be defending Anderson, honestly, but I just don't get this whole "he sucks" vibe from so many people. He's annoying, yes. He's an asshole, yes. But he has shown as much brilliance in the cage as anyone to ever fight in this sport. I wouldn't be so quick to discount him against JJ. Jones has yet to be hit squarely on his chin, and Anderson has a way of doing that to people. But ftr, I think Jones would be a tougher test than Anderson has ever faced, and I would want him to win.
RwilsonR- April 17, 2011 at 7:33 am
Nice work danomite. Crying "racist" based purely on assumption is the tactic of a person too stupid to formulate a defensible argument.
danomite- April 17, 2011 at 6:58 am
I'm going to assume you have been watching MMA for all of about 2 months now, because if that's not the case then the only other assumption I can make is that you are fully retarded. But then I'd have to come up with a explanation as to how a completely retarded individual was able to log on to the internet, navigate to CagePotato, read other peoples' comments, and type out a semi-coherent response while managing to only make a few spelling and grammatical errors.
Anyway, where to begin?
-"AS has not lost since joining the UFC while GSP has." This is true, but answer me this: what's worse, losing in two title fights in the UFC or losing to 2 guys who couldn't even make it in the UFC? I'm still not sure if you're retarded or not so I'll go ahead and answer for you. The correct answer is Daiju Takase
-"You can't stand to see a Black Brazilian with the belt" I'll start with the Black part. Did you not read all the earlier comments from Jon Jones fans saying that he would destroy AS? Rampage Jackson is another black former champion who has a huge fanbase. Gary Goodridge writes a column for us now for christ's sake! As far as Brazilians go I'll just name a few of them that are loved by pretty much everyone here: Wand, Shogun, Jose Aldo, Thiago Alves...I could list more but really that's plenty. But AS is the only Black AND Brazilian fighter I can think of so maybe you're on to something there.
- "AS could kick all our ass's" one ever said he couldn't, chief. Here's some more people who could kick all our asses too: EVERY FIGHTER ON THE UFC'S ROSTER. Go ahead and think of your least favorite fighter. I guarantee you that guy would rape your whole world if you two ever fought. Kalib Starnes would beat the shit out of you too. That doesn't mean he's not a bitch for running away from Nate Quarry for 15 minutes, does it?
NukeBlast- April 17, 2011 at 6:57 am

So if we don't like a fighter we are racist ?

When someone is hating on GSP its because they are racist against french canadian or it apply only toward brazilian ?

We're just saying that if GSP can move up to fight a bigger/taller opponent then why Silva can't do it. Sure looks like he's trying to dodge Jones. I'ld do the same...and GSP should do the same, but because of Sonnen GSP now knows Silva has one weakness that he can exploited.
mDino- April 17, 2011 at 6:53 am
overeem would whoop cains ass
mDino- April 17, 2011 at 6:51 am
he'd prob lose to bones jones, so he is taking every step he can not to fight him. that appears as a weakness since before that he was mopping the floor with everyone he faced.
Machineboi- April 17, 2011 at 6:27 am
AS has not lost since joining the UFC. GSP has lost multiple times and hasnt finished aynbody in while. If AS fights and beats gsp(which he will) these forums will be filled with "AS is a asshole he picks on little fighters" bullshit. You guys have a hard on for him to lose so bad because he tarnishes your lil perfect MMA sport. Bottom line you cant stand to see a Black Brazilian with the ufc belt, you cant stand to see him dominate your heroes. I here people all the time blab about how MMA is starting to suck and how it was better during the Chuck liddel era. UFC has become way more interesting now that AS,Bones and Cain took over we have real fighters not bar fights and drawn out cup bumping ground wars. IF you dont like AS thats your problem but from my point of view down here in texas I smell problems with somebody skin tone more than anything else.

Ps all of you that say he is a bitch I garuntee he can kick your ass,your moms ass, your dads ass and your sorry ass mma instructor in one night
dthrckt- April 17, 2011 at 6:26 am

who did silva break, forest?


and...i could give a rat's ass about legacy and accomplishments.

I like to watch is entertaining...

silva is intermittently entertaining, JJ is like a freaking circus show.

oh, btw, liking him has nothing to do with it. In fact, I despise religious people - put simply, I think faith is a mental illness.
Dagnut- April 17, 2011 at 2:49 am
^^^^^^ It’s not just height but is it? Jones is wide with big shoulders….put it this way Silva doesn’t look particularly big @185…he’s 6’2 but he’s lean….jones is huge @205 and dwarfs everyone….he could carry 240 no problem
RearNakedSpoon- April 17, 2011 at 2:14 am
I refrained from voting in the poll about Jones vs Silva until now, Silva now confirms he would lose.
joe sons balls- April 17, 2011 at 12:55 am
no way silva takes gsp. will you people get realistic.
SheLikesBJJ- April 17, 2011 at 12:46 am
iSpell check: “Demian is a great fighter. iHe’s making his mark"
RwilsonR- April 16, 2011 at 11:22 pm
Damn typing on my iPhone and no edit button!
RwilsonR- April 16, 2011 at 11:20 pm
I guess I'm all for the very top pfp fighters trying to prove themselves at the next weight class if they so choose, but I don't look down on them if they just want to dominate their own weight class. I wanted to see GSP vs Silva until recently, and would prefer Silva vs Jones. Hopefully one of them happens. But even if they don't, it doesn't change the fact that Silva and GSP are the most dominant fighters at the highest level in MMA history, and that fact doesn't change even if one lost to the other. Jones and Aldo are quickly joining their ranks, but don't have the same level of accomidhments just yet.
And BJ Penn is a moron. He may well fight anyone at any weight, and good for him. I'd rather see him fight his own ego and lack of motivation, and actually show some fucking consistency. Any time he has faced a fighter of near equal talent who isn't entitled and lazy, he has lost.
RwilsonR- April 16, 2011 at 11:05 pm
I really think it is a bit unfair to call Anderson a bitch, or say he is dodging the champion of the weight class above his. I would like him to fight Jon Jones, and have been actively calling for it since before Jones beat Shogun, but let's not act like Anderson Silva hasn't already accomplished some amazing things with or without fighting again at 205.
Also, I have a long list of comments on this site expressing my frustration and outright disdain for Anderson Silva, and my hope/excitement for Chael Sonnen to beat the shit out of him. But I am more than willing to admit that Anderson didn't look himself that night. I don't really like Anderson Silva, and never really have, but I honestly believe the rib injury excuse. To say he was exposed I think is a bit much. Same with the Lutter fight - he had surgery on both knees only 6 weeks before that fight. That's not an excuse, that's reality.
I think too many people are allowing their dislike for the man to discolor their view of his accomplishments. Once again, I don't like the guy, but when he wants to be, he has some of the most incredible accomplishments in MMA history. Discounting him against Jones might be premature. Saying things like, "...Jones has literally BROKEN a couple of outstanding fighters. I can’t think of another fighter that can claim they broke someone’s face..." is a little strange when trying to bash Anderson Silva, considering his two fights at 205 literally broke someone's face, and broke a LHW champion's spirit.
Once again, I don't like the guy, but even when he is dancing around, his skill level is impressive. I hope he chooses to fight Jones, as Anderson's footwork and striking would be a huge challenge for Jones. I actually really do like JJ, but if he tries a lot of that unorthodox striking with Silva he will pay badly for it. And if he gets his hands on Silva, he presents challenges Silva has yet to face. It is the most interesting fight in MMA right now to me, even though I think Silva is getting older and slowing down a bit. Still, Silva doesn't need this fight to prove his legacy.
brownjhole- April 16, 2011 at 8:35 pm
TOTAL BITCH. I would say he is p4p if he would fight other potential p4p. BJ would fight jones