Jon Jones vs. Anderson Silva not coming soon

by Brett Okamoto | source:

The  purpose of MMA is to determine who the world's best fighter is. That is why a champion vs champion bout is even more compelling to fans than a title bout. GSP vs. Anderson Silva would be a far bigger fight than say GSP vs. Jon Fitch, or The Spider vs. Chael Sonnen.

With both Anderson Silva and Jon Jones appearing to be unbeatable in their division a riot of mixed martial arts fans want a superfight between lighheavyweight Champion Jones and middleweight champion Silva.

UFC president Dana White said as late as last week that with with just 14 fights on his record, he didn't agree Jones should be as high in the pound-for-pound rankings as he is. Last night changed that.

"When I went into the [Octagon], he said, 'Will you give me my pound-for-pound respect now?'" White said of Jones. "I said, 'You did it.' The great thing right now is how serious Rampage took this fight; [Jones] beat the best Rampage."

However, Silva vs Jones is not going to happen soon, or maybe ever.

"The problem is this [light heavyweight] division is stacked," White said. "He has a lot of fights ahead of him. The guys who have been fighting at 205 have those slots and they deserve the respect of a title fight before any superfight.

"And, a lot of people don't really think about this, [Anderson Silva] is 37 years old."

Jones' manager Malki Kawa concurred. "Any fight that interests Jon is a fight that interests me, but that fight is nowhere on the horizon," Kawa said. "At some point in time in the future, Jon will be fighting in the biggest fights in UFC history.

"But we're not looking at that. We're looking at Rashad [Evans] and the other 205-ers."

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stonepony site profile image  

9/25/11 4:58 PM by stonepony

Nah. Jones is young, he's still growing. Even if he didn't make any extra effort to bulk up, he'd still end up putting on a lot of weight. If he dedicated himself to bulking up, he'd be Lesnar before he turned 30. Look at his legs...

CindyO site profile image  

9/25/11 4:57 PM by CindyO

 LOL Cindy

shb site profile image  

9/25/11 4:28 PM by shb


GageIsLegend site profile image  

9/25/11 4:23 PM by GageIsLegend

Silva said they "were friends" and jones was asked about the fight and jones said he would fight him.

AndersonSilvasMoney site profile image  

9/25/11 4:21 PM by AndersonSilvasMoney

LOL you can already see shades of the argument that Silva is ducking JBJ starting show up. People are pathetic.

Benny Lava site profile image  

9/25/11 4:20 PM by Benny Lava

He will need to go on the Overeem diet to accomplish that

bagger site profile image  

9/25/11 4:20 PM by bagger

Lyoto knocked out Couture in his last fight and probably deserved the decision over Rampage...

stonepony site profile image  

9/25/11 4:14 PM by stonepony

My guess is that we will hear the standard "I don't want to fight my friend" bullshit. He shook hands with Jones once, so now they're comrades who can't face each other.That excuse is wearing thin really. Fighters need to realize that it's a professional sport, and if you can't fight your friends then you shouldn't make friends of other fighters.

stonepony site profile image  

9/25/11 4:10 PM by stonepony

Jones is going to move up in weight, not down. If it's going to happen, unless it happens soon, the Silva GPS fight won't be able to happen. With jones' frame, and his age, he can easily put on 50lbs of muscle and make a run for the title.

orcus site profile image  

9/25/11 1:59 PM by orcus

Blah blah. Rashad earned his shot, sure. But Lyoto has lost his last two. Davis is undefeated yet oddly unimpressive. Bader's out, Tito's out, Rampage is out, Shogun is out, Henderson will lose to Shogun. Rashad then Anderson. The fans demand it!!