In the old days, we really wanted to see UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva fight welterweight kingpin Georges St. Pierre. Like, a lot. Both took turns demurring over the years and it has yet to happen, though Silva has more than warmed up to the idea.
But let’s face it — GSP vs. Silva is so 2010. After Silva has improbably continued his UFC reign of terror into a sixth year and second weight class, all we fickle observers want is for him to take on light-heavyweight champ Jon Jones. We may be a long way from that fight happening still, but the latest small step towards what could be the biggest fight in MMA history was taken recently (if rhetorically) by Jones during his media tour through Brazil.
“I respect [Silva] a lot,” Jones reportedly said to Brazilian outlet Correio Brazilienseour, via MMA Fighting. “As I said several times, I do not want to be the guy who beat Anderson, and do not want to be the guy who lost to him. Anderson is a great champion, I’m a great champion…I don’t know. I don’t know. I’m not saying that the fight will not happen. It can happen. But it’s not something I’m chasing.”
Jones also said that he doesn’t believe he “needs” to fight Silva in order to be the best. This tepid answer from Jones is still the most open we’ve heard him to fighting Silva, by far. And his interview is right on the heels of Anderson himself cautiously saying that he’d theoretically fight Jones, but only in a non-title catchweight bout.
Jones is scheduled to
let Anderson get even older coach TUF 17 , let his injured elbow heal, and then fight Silva’s leftovers in Chael Sonnen in April. Silva just took out Stephan Bonnar on short notice in Brazil and doesn’t have his next fight officially booked yet.
Do you think this fight will ever happen, nation? And who, oh who, is thinking of poor little Chris Weidman?