UFC News: Jon Jones Would Prefer to Fight Junior Dos Santos over Anderson Silva

John HeinisSenior Analyst IMay 6, 2012

Photo Courtesy of MMA Fighting
Photo Courtesy of MMA Fighting

Will UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva ever square off with UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones? 

Jones doesn't seem interested in the idea. 

When speaking on Spike TV's "MMA Uncensored Live," Jones was asked who he would rather sign up for a super fight with: Silva or UFC heavyweight title holder Junior dos Santos. 

He responded (transcripts via MMA Mania): 

Man, well, you know, I wouldn't wanna fight either of them because of the relationship that I have with those guys. They're pretty awesome guys. If I had to choose, I would probably go with dos Santos.

"Bones" wanted to clarify that he had no plans of fighting JDS anytime soon and that he was not encouraging the powers that be to book that fight: 

But, I don't know how I would fight Junior. But, you know, I definitely don't want this to be taken as me calling him out, by any means.

Jones goes on to say that he considers Silva, a friend he also considers a mentor, the greatest of all time. However, Jones wants to eventually stake his claim as one of the greatest warriors of all time. 

The greatest of all time would have to be Anderson Silva. But, I'm starting to change my way of thinking, to not try to be one of the greatest martial artists or boxers of all time, (Muhammad) Ali or Anderson. I wanna be like "Alexander the Great," a guy who conquers and is fearless and who just love combat. That's the mindset that I'm trying to evolve myself to.

The 24-year-old superstar is coming off his third consecutive win over a former UFC champion, ex-teammate/friend Rashad Evans at UFC 145.

Jones previously defeated Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Lyoto Machida in his other two title defenses. 

His next fight will pit him against all-time great Dan Henderson, and the bout is expected to take place in early September