Though Jones fights 20lbs heavier at Light Heavyweight, the bout is feasible; Silva has moved up to 205 and destroyed opponents before.
It would garner huge interest and capture a mainstream audience.
In the Octagon, it’s a great match. Stylistically, it pits the dominant wrestler against the great striker.
Unfortunately for fans, it probably will not happen. Jones cleared the air yesterday.
“It’s not that he won’t fight me or I won’t fight him. To be dead honest, it’s that we both have a lot to lose and we both respect each other a lot and we both are striving for personal greatness. I don’t want to crack on his greatness and I don’t want him cracking on my greatness. We’re in completely different weight classes. We both have sponsor deals and things that are really important to us and a big part of that sponsorship package is winning [and] being a champion. Having us fight each other means one of our championships goes away. I respect Anderson Silva so much that 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 for me.”
That is a weak mindset, in my opinion. He’s worried about his money and preserving his legacy.
To put blinders on and limit yourself to fighters in your division is weak.
You can grow your legacy by defeating great fighters. You can improve your earning potential by defeating big names. But defeating Silva is not easy. Jones should take the challenge.
Is that not the American way?
Dana White is optimistic that the fight is still possible.
“He said he wouldn’t fight Chael again, either,” White said, speaking of Silva. “The two times he went to 205, it wasn’t because he wanted to,” White said. “It was because I asked him to.”
“Anderson is such a unique guy to deal with,” White said. “It’s such a different process when I’m dealing with this guy. I respect him so much. I swear to God, it’s like dealing with an artist. It’s like dealing with an artist or some big, crazy-talented actor.”
White believes he can work Silva, but what of Jon Jones?