Iole: Silva-Jones could be Mayweather-Pacquiao

by Kevin Iole | source: yahoo

In the cage after knocking Stephan Bonnar out with a knee to the solar plexus, UFC Middleweight champion Anderson Silva doused ice water on the building momentum for a fight with UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones.

"No," he said, "I am not going to fight at 205 again."

With one short sentence, Anderson Silva provided UFC president Dana White with his biggest headache since White was tasked with finding a way out of a $44 million hole in 2005.

How could anyone care whether Silva fights welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre when Silva is so obviously running from light heavyweight champion Jon Jones?

Silva has never said directly why he won't fight Jones, though it's apparently some bizarre ethos about not wanting to get in the way of a shot for one of his teammates.

Silva isn't afraid of Jones; no elite fighter is afraid of another man. It's sure the perception that Silva is creating, however, and that diminishes his legacy.

A Jones-Silva superfight would be the richest MMA fight ever, as well as a bout matching the two greatest fighters in the world, and perhaps in the sport's history.

One of White's strong suits is putting together the fights the fans want to see, though he doesn't have a perfect record in achieving it. He was unable to sign Fedor Emelianenko, which meant he wasn't able to make Emelianenko against either Randy Couture or Brock Lesnar. Both were fights the public was desperate to see.

White needs to get on it, and fast, and make Silva-Jones happen.

The worst thing that could happen to the UFC would be for the fan base to begin using those two awful words when debating whether Jones and Silva will ever fight:


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crumbs site profile image  

10/15/12 7:55 PM by crumbs

Anderson a Natural WW ? A fighter who was spent more than half his fights , fighting over 185.Nice try troll.

Fabefromfort site profile image  

10/15/12 2:23 AM by Fabefromfort

The thing is , Now that that they've demolished everyone Jones, and Silva do nothing but add fuel to this fire whenever they do anything inside the Octagon from here until one of them retires, or goes out for whatever reason. We say it must be. We'll see. But, anything they do will fire up these same questions, and what it does to their legacies. It's a toss-up at this point for GOAT. If this fight is not made, then it's just a matter of time for Jones to overtake Silva, and, it will happen.

kwnel2178 site profile image  

10/15/12 1:19 AM by kwnel2178

Neither fight is likely to happen. Though I'd rather see Jones/Silva than GSP/Silva.

KingofBJJ site profile image  

10/15/12 1:09 AM by KingofBJJ

Actually, no. Silva is a natural 170. That was what he fought at for the longest before going up to 185.Walking around weight is irrelevant. I only hear stuff like that in MMA, never in boxing.But yes, if GSP would stop making excuses like Pac makes for not fighting Mayweather, we can all enjoy a good new year.

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10/15/12 1:05 AM by KingofBJJ

Lole is an idiot and behind the times. No one cares about a Pac/Mayweather fight anymore since Pac was defeated by undefeated upstart. Pac is wanting to end his career continuing to fight has beens, he has already beaten.Even Jon Jones said a fight between him and Silva doesn't make sense.Silva wants GSP and GSP wants to hide.

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10/15/12 12:17 AM by GayGuardMooseSaucy

If ZUFFA did it right they could possibly pull 2, that's a big if though. Mayweather/Oscar did 2, Pacquiao/Mayweather does 3

mrantistupiditay site profile image  

10/15/12 12:13 AM by mrantistupiditay

Congrats. Your critical thinking skills are as down-syndrome-cursed as Iole's.

Willin_But_Not_Chaeble site profile image  

10/15/12 12:10 AM by Willin_But_Not_Chaeble

Except for the fact that Anderson just fought in Jones' weight class less than a day ago your thoughts are lucid and I'd appreciate it if you could lend more of your insightful analysis to this thread.   Thanks!

mrantistupiditay site profile image  

10/15/12 12:04 AM by mrantistupiditay

Iole's mentally deficient. Silva/Jones fight in weight classes 20 lbs apart. That's how fucking retarded he is.

MMALOGIC site profile image  

10/15/12 12:02 AM by MMALOGIC

people used to say Anderson/GSP was the "mayweather/pacman" fight of MMA... now they are saying anderson/jones.  at some point it will be Jones/JDS, etc...