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Yeah, So Now Anderson Silva Says He’ll Fight Jon Jones in a Non-Title Catch-Weight Bout This Year


(“Then it’s settled: I’ll win the first fight, you’ll win the rematch, and Chael will win the rubber-match via surprise run-in after blinding the referee.”)

During our typical mid-afternoon routine of checking out Brazilian porn sites sport sites and using Google translate to help us out with comprehension — some Brazilian things don’t need translation, but some do — we stumbled across the latest vague and too-good-to-be-true Anderson Silva fight news. Recently, we had a tease about Silva finally fighting the rightful number one contender to his belt, and yesterday we read that, according to “The Spider,” he wants to face UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones this year.

SportTV says that last Wednesday Anderson told a bunch of Brazilian cats that he expects to fight Jones this year in New York City but that the bout would need to be a non-title, catch-weight affair. Apparently, fighting James Irvin, Stephan Bonnar, and former champ Forrest Griffin at light-heavyweight is one thing, but fighting the biggest and best talent we’ve ever seen in the division at 205 is another.

Given that nothing appears to be signed and that Jones has the small matter of defending his belt first against wronged pizza baron Chael Sonnen this spring, we can’t get too excited about this development. Still, Anderson’s reported comments paint him as perhaps more amenable to a fight against Jones than he has ever been before.

I’m willing to bet that if Silva wins his next bout, Jones wins his, Georges St. Pierre wins his, and everyone stays healthy [Ed. note: Way to jinx everybody, Elias], the middleweight champ would indeed fight one of them. Everything leading up to that — the Sam and Diane-esque “will they, won’t they?” drama of overtures and refusals — is just a way for all involved to make sure they get taken care of financially by the UFC.

What do you say, Potato Nation? Do you even have the energy to care anymore?

- Elias Cepeda

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mDino- February 27, 2013 at 10:14 pm
I hope this happens soon because father time is the only thing that beats Anderson Silva.
Mr_Misanthropy- February 27, 2013 at 1:16 pm
Money talks. Never underestimate the powers of Jackson, Grant, and Franklin.

Or my personal favorite who I know so well Washington.
El Guapo- February 27, 2013 at 12:27 pm
Bones and Silva BOTH stand to make more than any MMA fighter's ever made in a fight, so why wouldn't they? At this point in time it'll be a bigger fight than Pac-Mayweather, so we're talking tens of millions for each of them. I think it happens..
Hesh to Steel- February 27, 2013 at 11:55 am
This is just Anderson trying to make himself look good. No way does Jones agree to a catchweight, he's said that making 205 is tough for him. I'm not super optimistic about this fight happening. It'll be the Mayweather/Pacquiao of MAN.
Fried Taco- February 27, 2013 at 11:28 am
Non-title? It should be for the Superfight Championship!!!
KarmaAteMyCat- February 27, 2013 at 9:42 am
Anderson has never fought anyone like Jones, and GSP is not going to fight Anderson for sometime to come. If ever! So I don't know man, it's like DANA SAYING he's going to do some drastic if Aldo doesn't fight Pettis. White is running out of Fights to headline cards that entertains the masses and creates any form of relative hype. thats all.
RSparrow- February 27, 2013 at 9:19 am
This would be the greatest fucking fight in the history of MMA. Jon Jones is a fucking beast, but I'm rolling with the Spider.
teep- February 27, 2013 at 8:59 am
I would watch this fight of course, but I think it should be for a belt.
ArmFarmer- February 27, 2013 at 8:26 am
My prediction.. t's going to be Rousey/Cyborg all over again. Except that the fans will actually care and be legitimately disappointed.
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