There’s been a lot of talk about Anderson Silva having a superfight with either Jon Jones or Georges St.Pierre later this year, but unfortunately that is now looking increasingly unlikely.
Silva himself is not the problem – he’s believed to have agreed to a new 10 fight deal with the UFC and has indicated in the past few months that he’s willing and able to take on a fight with either the 170lb or 205lb champion, but it seems like they themselves are less keen on the idea.
Despite getting two big wins against Carlos Condit and Nick Diaz in the past six months since major knee surgery, welterweight kingpin Georges St.Pierre is apparently no closer to getting a deal done to fight Silva judging by the same well-worn answers he gave on the ‘Joe Rogan Experience’ podcast earlier this week.
“I need to do stuff in my division before I take him on,” GSP told Rogan, which would suggest that he’s looking to fight current No.1 contender Johny Hendricks next.
“It would be easier for me to go fight at 155 than fighting at 185,” he added. “I would be more at my weight naturally at 155. There’s guys at 155 that walk around at 190 like me. They think I’m big because I have a large frame, but I’m not a big guy. I’m not thick.”
On the other hand, light-heavyweight title holder Jon Jones is starting to warm up to the idea of a fight with the middleweight legend, acknowledging that, “there is a lot of upside for me to fight Anderson Silva,” however it’s not something he appears to have on his radar for the remainder of this year.
“One thing I’ve been contemplating is first tying Tito [five title defences], and then establishing that record of the most wins in my next fight in November,” Jones told MMAjunkie.com. “And then after that fight in November, entertaining superfights and heavyweight fights.”
If he sticks to that then that will put an end to the UFC’s hopes of putting on a superfight in November to mark the 20th anniversary of the UFC.