Anderson Silva Says No To Jon Jones, Yes To GSP UFC Super Fight

Anderson SilvaIt appears there is one guy that isn’t exactly thrilled with the idea of a Jon Jones vs. Anderson Silva UFC Super Fight. Unfortunately that guy is Anderson Silva. However, there is one Super Fight that the Spider has no problem accepting.

Silva gave an interesting interview to UOL Esportes. Silva talked about a number of subjects, but the subject of Super Fights is what really grabbed my interest. Silva was asked about fighting UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones in what has the potential to be the biggest fight in UFC history. Whether it is posturing or truth, the UFC middleweight champion said he has no interest in the match.

I don’t plan on moving up in weight anymore. He’s in a different weight (class). I train with bigger guys, such as Lyoto Machida and Big Nog and I know how complicated it is. …Every time I see Jones I tell him to keep focus, because if he does that, there’s no opponent for him. He’s better than everyone. He’d have a lot of advantages (over me), he’s much younger and it wouldn’t be something interesting (for me).

Okay so Silva doesn’t want to take a fight against a guy that would put him at a weight disadvantage, I get it. Yet ironically size doesn’t matter if the opponent is moving up in weight to challenge him at middleweight.

GSP is very educated and I like him a lot. A fight against him would be very, very, very big and this could actually happen.

So let’s back up for a second. Silva, who has fought several times at light heavyweight in the UFC won’t take a fight against the best in that division because he would be at a weight disadvantage. Again, a division the man has fought at successfully. On the other hand, he has no problem throwing around challenges to a man that has fought at welterweight throughout his entire career. Call me crazy but this sounds completely absurd to me.

I have blogged numerous times on the Georges St-Pierre vs. Anderson Silva Super Fight and why I think it is a terrible idea. GSP has never fought above welterweight. Expecting GSP to put on fifteen pounds of muscle at 30-years old is just ridiculous. Even if he miraculously pulled that off, you would not be getting the great GSP you see at welterweight against the great Silva you see at middleweight. You’d be getting a slower version of GSP going up against a guy that will have an enormous weight advantage by the time the bell rings. Why would the UFC send one of their biggest stars off to slaughter to get massacred in a size mismatch?

Now Silva vs. Jones makes perfect sense to me. Silva has cleaned out the middleweight division and once again, has fought at light heavyweight. No disrespect to his opponents at light heavyweight, but he has never fought an elite fighter in the division. Jon Jones is regarded by some as the best in the fight business. Silva is about a year or two away from retirement. Why not make the fight? Heck, Silva did interviews a few years back talking about wanting to fight at heavyweight! To me, this comes off as a bit cowardly, but that is just one man’s opinion.

If GSP vs. Silva happens, it will only happen because GSP was pressured into it or paid an ungodly amount of money to do it. He doesn’t want the fight and it is a little unfair for Silva to continue trying to bait the fans into thinking that this will happen.

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Eric G.

Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an M.B.A. from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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