Anderson Silva Says Enough Is Enough: 'No More Talk' About Superfights
For the past seven years while he was UFC middleweight champion, Anderson Silva was never a person to call out other fighters or ask the promotion to line up any particular fight.
He was always a willing champion to fight whomever the UFC put in front of him, including on three occasions when he was asked to move up to light heavyweight.
One idea that Silva never seemed that interested in was being part of a superfight against another champion from the UFC in a different weight class.
For years, people in every MMA circle bantered about who would win a fight between Silva and welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. Then Jon Jones burst onto the scene at 205 pounds, and the questions then shifted to a dream bout between him and Silva.
While it did appear for a brief time earlier in 2013 that Silva was potentially teasing fights against both St-Pierre and Jones, that notion has passed. He no longer has interest in either bout.
In an interview with UFC Tonight on Wednesday, the possibility of a superfight was brought up to Silva again, and all he could do was shake his head in disapproval.
"No, no, no, definitely no," Silva said. "I don't like the superfights."
The only superfight that piqued his interest was a boxing match against former pound-for-pound king Roy Jones Jr., which has been proposed and theorized about for years. Silva still thinks about the fight, and he would sign on for it immediately.
It's clear, however, that he has moved past the questions about fighting Jones, St-Pierre or any other UFC champion not named Chris Weidman.
"My superfight is me and Roy Jones Jr., that's it," Silva said. "Stop, no more talk of this."
The superfight talk last fired up ahead of Silva's title defense against Weidman in July, which ended with the first loss of his career in more than seven years.
With the rematch planned for December at UFC 168, Silva is just thinking about reclaiming the middleweight title, and the talk of superfights will have to go away—for now, anyway.
Damon Martin is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report.
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