UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva has flat out refused the possibility of a bout with light heavyweight king Jon Jones on numerous occasions in the past. Silva just defeated Stephan Bonnar at 205 pounds (where he has two other wins in the Octagon) and Jones is coming off of his finish of Vitor Belfort at UFC 152. Jones has quickly etched his name in the history books, making for an enticing option, but Silva has shrugged off the idea time and time again…until now.
Though still hesitant to take the tilt, “The Spider” has wavered in his complete opposition to the idea if things came together in a certain way.
In a statement to SporTV, Silva gave the impression he is opening up to the idea, maintaining that he would rather not fight in the light heavyweight division out of respect for his teammates who call 205 pounds home. Likewise, Silva also said he wouldn’t want to put his belt on the line meaning the bout would have to be at a catch-weight.
Read below for the English translation of the Brazilian’s comments:
People are talking about it so much … I have no such intention, it has something that motivates me, just because they have other athletes on my team, as Nogueira, Maldonado, Beans, Cauldron, which is the weight of it. My weight is 84kg, this is my title. But people talk so much, and we are the official UFC. Of course, I do not want to be talking, but what if he goes there and accepted the money that Dana will give him wanting to fight? It’ll be difficult. It’s not the money that motivates me to fight, I fight because I like it. So, I dunno … I would not. But if it happens, would be that the weight-matched. Not worth his belt. I already got mine and I do not want to leave a title dropped.
Though Silva isn’t saying with certainty they are going to fight, even a hint of the notion is a long way away from ‘I am not going to fight Jon Jones’ as he’d said before.
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