Apparently, Jon Jones isn't above fighting his friends, including long time middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva, as long as it is good for the sport.
After Anderson Silva defeats Yushin Okami at UFC 134, like nearly everyone in the MMA community believes he will, it will be safe to say that Silva has cleaned out the middleweight division. On the flip-side, Jon Jones will be making just the first defense of his light heavyweight title at UFC 135 when he takes on Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.
But should both fighters be impressive in victory, it will become inevitable that people begin forgetting about Silva vs. St-Pierre, and start looking at a Jones vs. Silva mega-fight.
Graciemag.com reported that in a recent appearance on the Brazilian martial arts television show Sensei Sportv, "Bones" Jones stated he would gladly take a fight against Silva:
“Anderson Silva is the best of all times. It would be more than an honor to fight him, it would be grandiose and huge for the sport,” said Jones, then revealing why he fears no man, not his friend Anderson or another possible matchup, Lyoto Machida.
“All the athletes in there are really good. The difference is that I study everything about my opponents: their mentality, attitudes, training, and tactics,” explained Jones.
If he is studying to take on Silva, working with Urijah Faber to perfect his Dougie is a good start. But I digress.
The thoughts of a Jones-Silva fight may be a case of a little too much forward thinking on the part of Jones. Sure, he's looked incredible so far in his MMA career, but his best career victory to date is against "Shogun" Rua.
As we all have witnessed, Rua's UFC career has been hot and cold. He has had his moments of greatness against Lyoto Machida and Chuck Liddell, but looked horrible against Forrest Griffin and Mark Coleman.
Jones, as talented as he is, still has a long way to go before he is ready to take on the best fighter in modern day UFC history. Let's see Jones at least halfway clean out the light heavyweight division before talks of a Jones-Silva fight start.
But on the other hand, Silva isn't getting any younger, and the UFC's window of opportunity to cash in on him is getting smaller and smaller every day. Although it doesn't make much sense, don't be surprised if the "new" mega-fight starts getting more and more attention after UFC 135.
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