White: I guarantee I will make Silva say yes to Jones
Saturday night UFC Middleweight champion Anderson Silva won once again in spectacular fashion, moving up to Lightheavyweight to stop Stephan Bonnar. It was his 16th consecutive UFC win.
Silva has said any number of ways that the answer is not UFC Lightheavyweight champion Jon Jones.
“This is not something I would like to happen because the times I’ve seen Jon Jones, he’s also mentioned that he would not like to fight,” said Silva recently. “We are UFC employees. I wouldn’t like for this to happen because in our team, we have ‘Minotauro’, we have ‘Feijao’, we have ‘Caldeirao’ (Wagner Prado)… We have athletes in his division that can fight him. And I’m old. I’m getting old, guys.”
He reaffirmed the position, post fight.
“No, I’m not going to fight at 205 again,” said Silva. “I fought at 205 to save the event. I fight at 185 pounds. I was just doing this to save the event and put on a show for everybody.”
In a blog in ESPN last week Silva said the fight he wants is GSP.
“I have two or three fights left in my career,” blogged Silva. “After Saturday, my focus will be Georges St-Pierre.”
There are obstacles to a GSP fight. First is GSP, who is coming off a long injury. The Canadian has said repeatedly that a move to middleweight would be permanent given his physiology, and that won’t happen until, at the least, he has reestablished his dominance of the welterweight division. Second is the fans, who are more enthusiastic by far, about Silva vs. Jones than they are about Silva vs. GSP.
And third is UFC President Dana White, who holds Silva in the highest regard. “I think he’s the greatest fighter in any combat sport,” said White. “It’s an honor to watch this guy fight.”
And White wants to see Silva fight Jones.
“I think the Jon Jones fight is a big fight. I know my man says ‘No, no, no,'” said White said at the UFC 153 post-fight press conference. “But the amount of money that would be offered for that fight, I guarantee you I will make Anderson Silva say, ‘Yes, yes, yes.'”