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Superfight C#&k Tease of The Day: Jon Jones Says Anderson Silva Fight ‘Can Happen’

(And so, the dance of seduction continues…)

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?

- Elias Cepeda

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mma4ever- October 30, 2012 at 5:11 pm
Gsp lost to hughes his idol at the time then came back and destroyed him twice no problem right ? Don't be afraid to lose bones sometimes it builds character
Casa de los pantelones- October 29, 2012 at 9:09 pm
Just have the little skinny bastard put on a little weight, or not cut any and go fight Junior for his belt. Then, after Junior puts bones in a friggin coma, we'll never have to read or hear about his punk ass ever again.

problem solved.
bitteralex- October 29, 2012 at 4:19 pm
Does anyone really give a shit about this superfight anymore?
Didn't Jones say awhile back that he'd never fight Silva? Now it's a "It can happen."
Sort of reminds me of the Rashad situation. Fake ass.
BaghdadBob- October 29, 2012 at 3:19 pm
For the hundredth time already, Silva - Jones and Silva -GSP superfights are not going to happen, you naive knuckle dragging buffoons.
holeeball- October 29, 2012 at 3:00 pm
What's up with this Weidman shit over and over? Give it a rest and let it die already.
TBH I'd much rather see Jones move up to his natural weight class than continue to watch this charade unfold.
UFC came very close to turn MMA into a legitimate sport... I guess they finally gave up.
teep- October 29, 2012 at 1:32 pm
First of all, it takes years to become a "great champion". Just because Jackson says this to you, doesn't mean you are a great champ. Two, the only reason Jones is doing TUF is to get back into the good graces of the fans. It is a PR apology tour for him. Plus it will be easy because any one can look like a better person than Chael. Then once Jones beats Chael (the guy who almost beat Silva) Jones can move on to Silva and prove himself. I believe that is what the strategy is at Jones's camp. So, Jones is starting the hype machine for this Silva fight. This may be a good strategy, but if Jones loses to Silva, then what? Either way, Dana still wins!
cman- October 29, 2012 at 12:15 pm
I'm seriously trying to picture a Hughes, penn, Liddell, couture, wandi,fuck event Belfort, saying their legacy is more important than growing the sport. Nevermind referring to themselves as 'a great champion'.
b0redj0rd- October 29, 2012 at 11:17 am
shatterproof- October 29, 2012 at 10:28 am
I can't stand Bon Jonesy for the most part but this is the best attempt he has made to date at explaining in english why he doesn't want the fight. He scared of losing. "My greatness/his greatness" fuckery aside, at least he's honest here. He doesn't want to lose to Anderson and he perhaps idolizes him to the point where he also doesn't want to be the one to beat Andy.

Ultimately though, a fighter wants this fight. Jones may be a champ but he's still lacking a champion's heart and drive. Maybe when he grows up he will want this more, as he ages and starts to really think about what mark he will leave on the sport... hopefully Andy is still whoopin ass when that time comes, and not suffering from Chuck and Wand disease.

As for GSP... god, can we get a CP ban on Ed Sores statements already? The guy is a fucking troll.
MorningwoodII- October 29, 2012 at 9:40 am
Anderson is interested in only taking very winnable fights and Jones is only interested in Silva retiring so he doesn't keep hearing this question. I'd say in another year this fight probably won't even matter because if Jones wins people will say Anderson is old and "back in the day" Silva would have wrecked him. My opinion is it doesn't hurt Jone's career as much to take this fight and lose as it will hurt him to never take this fight. But, both sides would have to agree to really do something for the fans opposed to just doing for themselves and their own careers. So, I doubt it happens.
samclark- October 29, 2012 at 9:30 am
If you think you're the best fighter in the world, you should want to fight the best competition. I know they're different weight classes but still..
matt- October 29, 2012 at 9:29 am
I can't stand this guy. Silva is the best fighter to ever walk this earth, Jones always say I want to the the best, I want to be a legend, I want to make a ton of money. What better way to do that than to fight silva. You win, you become the best ever, you lose, you lost to the best fighter of all time. You make millions. Your only 25, you go back to beating everybody put in front of you like you have done the rest of your career and you still become the best fighter ever. I just don't get Jon Jones logic whatsoever. He tries to come off as an intellectual, intelligent person, but the guy is an idiot. He is a hell of a fighter though.
cman- October 29, 2012 at 9:25 am
He just has to get in 'I'm a great champion'.