Ever want to see UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva move up in weight and take on newly crowned UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones? Everyone from the average fan to UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta wanted to see it after Jones systematically destroyed Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 128, but it’s not gonna happen, says Anderson Silva.
“No chance, [Jon Jones] is in a different weight class, we are friends and we won’t fight each other.”
Seriously, someone go find me a wall I can beat my head against.
Look, I completely understand all the in and outs of the whole friends vs. friends debate. I don’t blame someone like Nick Diaz not wanting to fight Jake Shields after they literally grew up together in this sport. I can understand why Shogun would never fight Wanderlei Silva given their history. I can even understand two training partners like Shane Carwin and Brendan Schaub, who don’t have a long history but beat up on each other everyday, refusing to fight. If guys like that don’t want to fight, I don’t blame them.
But that isn’t the case in this instance. For one, Silva and Jones have never trained together that I’m aware of. And two, since when are they friends??? Jones only started training 3-4 years ago, so whatever friendship they might have struck hasn’t been going on for too long. In fact, there’s no evidence to suggest they were even “friends” a few weeks back when Jones won the title, at least not close enough to deem each other unfit to fight.
Don’t get me wrong, there’s no reason for Silva to fight Jones now when Jones hasn’t even defended his title yet and Silva has Yushin Okami and (possibly) GSP waiting at his doorstep. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be a compelling reason for it in the future. It’s an epic fight and it would be an absolute shame that it never happens because Silva and Jones are suddenly BFF’s.
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