UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva holds the record for the most consecutive victories and title defenses in the history of the promotion and is widely considered to be the best pound-for-pound fighter in the sport, but there is one opponent who ‘The Spider’ doubts he could beat.
That man is current light-heavyweight champion Jon ‘Bones’ Jones who in recent years has joined Silva and Georges St. Pierre as one of the most dominant forces in all of MMA.
“Jon Jones, in his class, is the best. If I fight Jon Jones, I don’t think I’m going to win,” Silva stated during a media gathering. “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.”
Silva’s reservations are understandable – Jones has taken out a who’s-who of the 205lb division with relative ease over the past few years including the likes of Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua, Rashad Evans, Lyoto Machida, Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and Vitor Belfort. He’d also have a very significant height and reach advantage over the Brazilian.
Nevertheless, in the past year Silva has hinted that he may be interested in having a superfight with Jones in the future and if that were to take place we’d be witnessing arguably the most talented pairing ever to step into the Octagon together.