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The notion of putting on the mother of all superfights all but evaporated when longtime UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva got KO'd by underdog Chris Weidman at UFC 162.
Before the loss, Silva, who reigned supreme over the middleweight division for nearly seven years, seemed on a collision course to meet the sport's most dominant light heavyweight of all time, Jon Jones.
Silva had won 16 fights in a row in the UFC before his shocking loss to Weidman, finishing the likes of Vitor Belfort, Dan Henderson and Rich Franklin (twice) along the way.
Jones had carved his own niche at 205 pounds, competing just 13 times before thumping Mauricio "Shogun" Rua to take the light heavyweight belt at UFC 128.
And with Silva's proven success at light heavyweight, fans and pundits believed a matchup between "The Spider" and "Bones" would exemplify the most intriguing and potentially lucrative fight in the sport's history.
At the UFC 162 post-fight scrum, company president Dana White essentially expressed relief via MMA Heat regarding the Silva/Jones superfight scenario.
I'm not mad. A superfight was always hypothetical. It was always, if everything lines up, this superfight would happen. If the superfight happened, it would have been f***ing amazing. Imagine Jon Jones and Anderson walking in, two undefeated fighters from two different weight classes. Now the pressure isn't on me anymore to make that fight.