After UFC middleweight champion Anderson 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.
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