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Okay, Fine, Anderson Silva Will Fight Jon Jones, But Only in a Non-Title Catchweight Match

(It’s the fight *business*, okay? It’s not the fight let’s-be-best-friends-and-attend-the-Paranormal-Activity-4-premiere-together-and-share-a-large-Sprite-and-”accidentally”-brush-hands-during-the-scary-parts.)

Could Anderson Silva be shifting his stance on a potential superfight with Jon Jones? In a new interview with SporTV, the Spider actually makes that match sound like a possibility for the first time, but only under specific circumstances — namely, if Jones accepts the fight first, and the fight is held at a catchweight, and his middleweight belt isn’t on the line. Still, that’s progress, right? Here’s Silva’s quote:

People are talking about [a Silva/Jones superfight] so much that… I don’t have this ambition, this (fight) doesn’t motivate me, especially since they have other athletes in my team, such as Lil’ Nog, Maldonado, Feijao, Caldeirao (Wagner Prado), that are in his weight class. My weight class is 185, my belt is of that weight class. But people are talking so much about this, and we are employees of the UFC.

Of course, I could be saying that I don’t want it, but what if he goes out and accepts the money Dana is proposing for him to fight? It will be hard (not to accept it). It’s not the money that motivates me to fight, I fight because I like it. So, I don’t know. I wouldn’t like (to fight him). But if it’s going to happen, it would have to be at a catchweight. The belt shouldn’t be at play. I already have mine and I don’t want a belt to be left at the side.”

Jon Jones has been in this situation before, but on the other side of the equation. He and former training partner Rashad Evans originally vowed to not fight each other, until Jones switched his stance and stated that he would fight Rashad if that’s what the UFC absolutely wanted from him — which put Rashad in an awkward position. Now, Jones knows how Sugar felt. If Silva says he’d at least entertain the idea of fighting Jones, then Jones has to do the same or risk accusations of bitchassness. And that’s how superfights get made, folks.

Still, I think the biggest stumbling block to putting this fight together will be the catchweight that Silva mentioned. Since neither man wants to put his belt on the line for the match, it’ll have to take place somewhere between 185 and 205 pounds. And Jones — a future heavyweight who already cuts a lot of weight to make 205 — might not be interested in wringing out his body any further.

Meanwhile, Silva continues to blatantly duck Chris Weidman: “I don’t have any intention of fighting with [Weidman]. I still think he has a lot to do in the UFC. I am in a comfortable position and I am no longer a child, I am 37 years old, he’s a kid that is starting. Obviously, this might happen, but, I have two fights on my contract and I think one of them will be with St. Pierre and I don’t really have an intention in fighting with [Weidman] because I’m not a fool. I’m already an oldie, you know?”

At the end of the day, money is the greatest motivator in the fight business. And after a year marked by a conspicuous lack of blockbuster title fights, you can bet that the UFC will make any investment necessary to keep the Jones vs. Silva dream alive.

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phantom151- October 22, 2012 at 2:59 pm
gsp is to small for the beast the spider is ... and Im a canadian and huge gsp fan.... but jj vs anderson you'd get my hard earned money out of my pocket to see jj get his face smashed by the spider
BaghdadBob- October 19, 2012 at 5:28 pm
A Silva-Jones superfight ain't gonna happen, chumps. And for that matter, neither is a GSP-Silva superfight gonna happen. Man, some of you guys are so fuckin' gullible.
dranokills- October 19, 2012 at 5:07 pm
and NO ONE has ever heard of your stupid bitchass self either mma4ever.
as for the TOPIC: I think Silva would beat bones ass, and I think I would like it. I also have no idea why he is building weidman up, I think he could beat him with the same ease he has beat everyone. His desire to fight GSP is weird, I don't think anyone smart wants to see that fight. Dana make a REAL fight happen tell me, no belts on the line catch-weight 200 even, put it together in a huge venue, promote the fuck out of it, and make your $$$$$.
mma4ever- October 19, 2012 at 4:29 pm
Seagal has never heard of this .....wiedman feler.
holeeball- October 19, 2012 at 2:47 pm
Money is the biggest motivator of *any* business.

Weidman shmeimen fuck that. He's not a draw by any stretch of imagination. This is a business (Jones vs. Sonnen -- really?) and Silva has draw million$ to the UFC and DW so he can be picky.
He's reaching retirement and now it's not time to be thinking about sports. Now it's time to think like a business man and go in for the kill.
Silva has nothing more to prove in this sport. Now let's see if he can become the #1 indisputed pound for pound best businessman in the fight *businees* (current #1 is Sonnen ofc).
Mr_Misanthropy- October 19, 2012 at 2:45 pm
BaghdadBob- October 19, 2012 at 2:10 pm
Ain't gonna happen, chumps.
cman- October 19, 2012 at 1:36 pm
@ taco- not if they were taught by the nog brothers ;)
Pen Fifteen- October 19, 2012 at 12:17 pm
LOL at the idea of the UFC stripping the belt from Silva and then calling the winner of Weidman-Bisping or some such shit "Middleweight Champion of the World." Do you know how much that would devalue their own belt? It would be the very definition of cutting of your nose to spite your face.
MaritalArtist- October 19, 2012 at 11:30 am
Since it's a non-title exhibition fight, make it at a 200 lb catchweight and the winner can rejoice in goat stay fir a while. Even if GSP beats Silva, Silva should still fight Jones. Same with if sonnen beats Jones..... Silva-Jones should still go down at cowboys stradium.
El Guapo- October 19, 2012 at 11:14 am
"My weight class is 185..." Unless you count the multiple times I fought at 205.
"The belt shouldn't be at play..." Unless I fight GSP at a catchweight. Then it should be at play.
"Any questions?" Well, yeah, isn't it a bit hypocr..
"No questions? Good. Have a nice day. Let's go Beiber."
Gobbleston- October 19, 2012 at 11:11 am
@RearNakedSpoon Come on man, it's basic economics. Adding weight into a pound for pound situation changes the value per pound. Clearly his pounds are not as valuable as they increase. In all seriousness though, saying no to Chris Weidman is absolute bullshit. How can anybody just deny a fight in their division?? I can see you saying no to a catch weight or move up/down because that would likely be out of scope for your contract; but saying no to a legitimate challenger is just Silva telling the UFC that they are his bitch. Saying "no" in your own weight class is not a real option contractually.
RearNakedSpoon- October 19, 2012 at 11:20 am
Sensei Seagull hasn't got to the lecture about defeating a Weidman yet.
Fried Taco- October 19, 2012 at 9:33 am
@cman - careful with that paper machete, you could lose a limb to a paper cut!
RearNakedSpoon- October 19, 2012 at 9:30 am
"P4P greatest fighter"....demands a catchweight fight....
Logic fail.
phantom151- October 19, 2012 at 9:17 am
people that know mma think anderson is ducking someone? serously the guy has destroyed the who's who of the MWD... the 3 LHW he has fought couldnt hang a single round and one was a former champ and one ended up with a broken eye socket. the pound for pound best there is best there was and best there ever will be, a ducker ? doesnt sound right to me.
2DaDeath- October 19, 2012 at 9:04 am
I like the catchweight, exhibition-like match idea.
Casa de los pantelones- October 19, 2012 at 8:50 am
Nope, still don't want to see the fight. Each of them scared to engage for fear of ruining their legacies...

A fight with GSP would be even worse, he is about the most non engaging person ever.

Silva and Jones need to stop talking about people not deserving of a title shot for lack of experience...Jones actually had a decent run to the title, but Silva had 1 fight with shitty Leben and got a shot. You get paid to fight, you'll make the same amount to beat up someone you feel isn't worthy, versus someone who is a seasoned threat. The champ should turn down no that broken record all day airy day
RearNakedSpoon- October 19, 2012 at 9:27 am
I guess GSP broke Koscheck's orbital through a lack engaging. Maybe BJ Penn quit after the 4th because GSP just refused to engage him. The pressure and rhythm he puts on his opponents to stymie their game plan and offense is through a lack of engagement...?
He doesn't fight with Tank Abbott's style, that's actually a good thing if you see it as a sport and not human cockfighting.
GSP happily ties up with his opponent while Silva and Jones avoid it at all costs. GSP can't rely on a size advantage in his division like them so has to be well rounded.
agentsmith- October 19, 2012 at 8:50 am
I disagree completely, catchweight is exactly how superfights like this should happen. Silva likely has no intention of staying at LHW, obviously Bones can't make 185, and one guy trying to defend two different belts is probably a bad idea. Plus this way no belts are on the line, so they're both more inclined to do it. It's not all about belts, and it's actually kinda better if superfights like this aren't.
samclark- October 19, 2012 at 8:45 am
Dana is usually pretty good about setting up matches people want to see. I would love to see Anderson lose.
cman- October 19, 2012 at 8:23 am
@Sparrow. I agree on the super fight ideas.
A. One is always a lot bigger.
B. the weight cuts could wreck the bigger fighter.
C. The losers belt just became paper machete.
D. In LHW it effects little. That division is built on memories, in WW their are challengers, in MW it's nothing but challengers. But you just built a road map for challengers.
E. this 'conditons' mindset is already becoming to normal, only with Olympic testing, only in home country, only if weigh ins are done on a weight watchers scale..... I do not want boxing, I want UFC anyone/anywhere.
RSparrow- October 19, 2012 at 8:12 am
As much as I'd love to see these damn things, I think that these "superfights" with no belt contentions, are bad for the sport. Once someone wins, the whole mindset of the division changes, and things are gonna go downhill. Just my opinion, either GSP or Jones. But, we are in a weird predicament here, because I dont think another fighter is gonna come like Silva for a long, long time. As a fan, I'm down to see him fight both, but lets not make it a habit.
Desmo- October 19, 2012 at 8:11 am
Jones is already a bitchass. He'll find a way to duck this "superfight", trust me.
hitekredneck- October 19, 2012 at 8:04 am
This fight is a wet dream. Either way it goes, win lose or draw it will be a bad fuckin fight!
OPIO- October 19, 2012 at 7:58 am
I still think Rashad should drop down to middleweight and challenge Silva after a good win or two.
errandboy- October 19, 2012 at 7:58 am
Make the match up with Chael Sonnen as the guest referee