Just weeks after UFC president, Dana White, called out Rashad Evans for not wanting to fight his “friend,” another fighter has come out and said that he does not want to fight the newly-crowned UFC light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones.
This time, it was UFC middleweight champion and pound-for-pound king, Anderson Silva.
Evans and Jones were teammates under the Greg Jackson camp until very recently when Evans left the team in somewhat controversial fashion following Jones’ title victory.
As the fighter who has been with the team longer, Evans seemed offended that the camp was now working with a new champion in his weight division and even expressed interest in possibly moving to middleweight.
As the number one contender in the light heavyweight division, though, Evans will get his chance to dethrone his former teammate in a fight that is expected to take place sometime this fall.
If Jones defeats Evans in the fight, many fans have called for a possible super-fight between he and Anderson Silva.
Between humiliating opponents at 185 pounds, Silva has shown interest in the past in moving up in weight classes to fight a face new challenges.
He even had two fights in the UFC at light heavyweight against James Irvin and former UFC light heavyweight champion, Forrest Griffin.
Though many believed that Silva would have trouble with larger opponents, that proved not to be the case as he knocked out Irvin in just under a minute and handed Griffin the most humiliating loss of his career while delivering another first-round knockout.
“The Spider,” who is undefeated in the Octagon, has also said before that he would not fight teammate and former UFC light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida, in the past. But now he is expanding that further and doesn’t seem to have any interest in fighting Jon Jones.
"No chance,” Silva told esportes.r7.com (translation by Bloody Elbow’s Tom Mendes). “He’s in a different weight class, we are friends and we won’t fight each other.”
While there are quite a few challengers for Jon Jones remaining in the light heavyweight division, the title picture is very blurry for Anderson Silva after his upcoming title defense against Yushin Okami.
There does remain the possibility of a super-fight between Silva and UFC welterweight champion, Georges St-Pierre. However, it has not been confirmed by either camp, specifically St-Pierre’s, as he prepares for his upcoming UFC 129 title defense against Jake Shields.
Silva did state that there is a possibility of that fight taking place and still seems to have genuine interest in it.
"There is a chance there, everything will depend on our results. It depends on him winning at UFC 129 and me winning in August [when he will face Yushin Okami],” he explained. “From there, who knows, this fight could take place."