Joe Rogan and Joe Silva would absolutely love to see Anderson Silva square off against Jon Jones, if this picture is any indication of their feelings.
Jones, the UFC's brightest prospect at Light Heavyweight division—and quite possibly at any division—is headed for the big time after his recent brutal win over Brandon "The Truth" Vera at UFC on Versus.
But does the win mean Jones should get a shot at "The Spider?"
Many fans feel Jones is the eventual heir to the throne at the 205 Division, but it is not certain whether Jones is ready for such a career-changing matchup at this point.
Silva is ready to defend his title for the sixth time against No. 1 contender Demian Maia. Should Silva successfully defend his title, he will be looking for competition on a higher level.
Jones would be the true test for Silva; he would make Silva prove what he can do at 205 when compared to James Irvin and Forrest Griffin.
So, why hasn't the matchup been made?
Right now, Dana White has Silva working overtime. With championship matchups in every division being fought in less than a five-month period, the UFC will be on the hunt for more young, hungry contenders than ever before.
White is going to have his hands full with promising title shots in the near future.
Chael Sonnen is still waiting for his shot at 185 pounds, with Vitor Belfort right behind him. The winner of Rashad Evans versus Quinton Jackson will get the next crack at the winner of the Lyoto Machida-Shogun Rua bout.
Simply put, if Jones does get a crack at Anderson Silva, don't expect it to be in 2010.
From a fan's perspective, the bout has all the makings of a classic. Jones, an unorthodox striker with a heavy understanding of the wrestling game, could give Silva problems with his height and reach.
One thing Silva has not had to worry about in all of his Middleweight defenses is a lengthier man who has the capabilities of serious ground and pound being on top of him.
Nate Marquardt had Silva down with his mass on top, and Silva quickly negated him.
Dan Henderson is a master of the art of wrestling, yet he ended up on his back against Silva, tapping shortly thereafter. While Jones may suffer the same fate, not many fans see Silva dominating Jones in the same light.
White has already gone on record saying that Jones is at least a year away from a possible title shot. Yet White never denied any talk of a bout with Silva, and White is, above all else, a fan of the fight game.
He may want to keep these two fighters' paths uncrossed for the time being. If Jones is to earn his way to a title shot, one great fighter's ability must be put at risk.
Silva should be worried.
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