Jon Jones: “I respect Anderson Silva so much; I don’t want to be the guy to beat him.”

To the dismay of countless fans it looks like a “super-fight” between UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva and UFC light heavyweight title-holder Jon Jones will not be going down in 2012 if ever. The two talented competitors are easily among the Top 3 pound-for-pound fighters in MMA and are close enough in weight to make the match-up a reality. However, to hear Jones tell it, their personal relationship and professional respect will prevent the pairing from ever taking place.

“It’s not that he won’t fight me or I won’t fight him. To be dead honest, it’s – we both have a lot to lose. And we both respect each other a lot and we are both striving for personal greatness. I don’t want to crap on his greatness; I don’t want him crapping on my greatness,” said Jones in an interview with ESPN Radio. “If we were in the same weight class, it would be inevitable but it’s like ‘Dude, I’m dominating my weight class, you’re dominating your weight class.’ Some things were just not meant to be seen.”

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“I respect Anderson Silva so much; I don’t want to be the guy to beat him. I don’t want to lose to him either; it’s a lose-lose situation,” the 24-year old concluded on the topic of tussling with Silva.

Up next for Jones is a September date with Dan Henderson while Silva is currently lacking a top contender but has options like Hector Lombard, Mark Munoz, and Michael Bisping to consider.