If you’ve been rooting for a superfight between UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and light-heavyweight title holder Jon Jones then you’ll be disappointed to hear that it looks like the fighters themselves aren’t interested in it.
Speaking to ESPN Radio yesterday, Jones confirmed that he’s not planning on fighting the Brazilian legend.
“It’s not that he won’t fight me or I won’t fight him. To be dead honest, it’s – we both have a lot to lose. And we both respect each other a lot and we are both striving for personal greatness. I don’t want to crap on his greatness; I don’t want him crapping on my greatness.
“If we were in the same weight class, it would be inevitable but it’s like ‘Dude, I’m dominating my weight class, you’re dominating your weight class.’ Some things were just not meant to be seen.”
You’ve got to credit him for being honest, but the reality is that’s not what the fans, or Dana White for that matter, want to hear.
Having said that, while Jones is probably going to experience some backlash from this, it’d be unfair to just single him out here as it’s basically the same reason that a superfight between GSP and Silva has not got off the ground either.
Right now the best chance we have of seeing a major cross-divisional match-up with Silva is against Rashad Evans who’s made it clear he wants to test himself against the world’s pound-for-pound best fighter.
It’s not as enticing a prospect as either Jones or GSP would be, but it’s still something to look forward to if the UFC is willing to book it.