Anderson Silva may be the consensus pound-for-pound best fighter (and yes, that could change Saturday night), but the UFC Middleweight Champion apparently doesn’t think he’d fair well in a bout with light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones.
While speaking at a media function this week to promote this weekend’s UFC 162 card in Las Vega, Silva was reportedly asked about Jones, who would be the other half in the sport’s biggest fight ever. Silva had this to say about the light-heavyweight king, who at just 25, has already defeated several of the sport’s more established names. (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“Jon Jones, in his class, is the best. If I fight Jon Jones, I don’t think I’m going to win.”
“Jon Jones is different. He’s large. He’s young. But, in the fight, I see in Jon Jones, I see myself from a long time ago. He’s very smart.”
There’s no doubt that Jones would be the largest, most powerful and likely most athletic opponent Silva’s faced to date, and when you throw in his wrestling and punishing top game, you can understand why “The Spider” isn’t running around saying he’d eat “Bones” for lunch. Silva also reportedly told “UFC Tonight” that he’s “not scared” of Jones and he’s willing to fight him, so evidently he’s down for a fight he doesn’t think he’d win.
First things first of course, Silva has to get by Chris Weidman and Jones has to take out Alexander Gustafsson.
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