Jones: If Anderson Silva wins rematch, superfight ‘still on’
When Chris Weidman beat Anderson Silva, UFC lightheavyweight champion Jon Jones sent out a two-word tweet – “This sucks.”
Jones has hoped to secure a superfight with Silva, perhaps at Cowboys Stadium. But with the loss went the fight.
Or did it?
In a recent interview with Fighters Only magazine editor Nick Peet, Jones said it could still happen, provided Silva wins the rematch with Weidman at UFC 168.
“Watching UFC 162 was crazy,” recalled Jones. “Just sitting there and registering something like that is mind blowing. To see a great champion and an entire legacy just end like that, it was humbling. It lets you know that it can happen to anyone. You’ve got to take everything and everyone seriously and you’ve got to respect the sport.
“But at the same time I still believe Anderson can come back. He’s still has it and he just got caught basically.”
“All Anderson has to do is win his next fight decisively and there’s the interest right there. It’s still on, the superfight. I’ve never really been overly anxious to face Anderson Silva though to be honest. I knew the fight could happen but I never had any desire to be the one to beat him or anything like that.
“After he lost I Tweeted about my disappointment and that him losing sucked, but it was just because watching a champion lose always sucks. It’s like he’s also a member of this special league of gentlemen and when you see one of the guys get taken down it sucks. But Anderson, and any thought of a superfight, well, it’s still there.”
Plus of course Jones has to win his title defense vs Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165 September 21, 2013 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, live on PPV
“Alexander is tall, he has a presence,” said Jones. “So I choose to look him in the eyes to let him know that I’m here, I’m the same height, I embrace us being the same height, and I want to let him know there’s only room for one tall guy in there.”