UFC 140: Why Jones Versus Silva and Other Super-Fights Are Pointless

Chris AlfaroContributor IIIDecember 13, 2011

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 30:  Mixed martial artist Anderson Silva holds the Knockout of the Year award for his victory over Vitor Belfort at UFC 126 at the Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards 2011 at The Pearl concert theater at the Palms Casino Resort November 30, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Move over GSP, Anderson Silva has a new super-fight that everyone is clamoring for.

Jon Jones has been nothing short of phenomenal in his UFC career thus far. He has destroyed opponents left and right and torn through the light heavyweight division and made it look easy.

While it's too early to say for certain, Jon Jones' success inside the octagon has mirrored that of long reigning middleweight champion Anderson Silva. Both men have stepped in to fight the best of the best and defeated them all.

Isn't it time they fight and decide who is the greatest?

Absolutely not.

Anderson Silva and Jon Jones have both been dominant champions, but pitting them against one another would prove nothing. Anderson Silva has spent almost all of his career fighting at middleweight while Jon Jones has spent his entire career as a light heavyweight.

People argue that Silva has moved up to light heavyweight before and that moving up permanently wouldn't be a big change. While Silva has experimented with 205 lb, it was only to prevent himself from taking long layoffs.

Silva has all but cleaned out the 185 pound division and jumped up twice to keep himself active while allowing time for a clear-cut number one contender to emerge.

Jones, on the other hand, still has a few true light heavyweight challenges left in Rashad Evans, Dan Henderson and potentially Phil Davis and Alexander Gustafsson down the line.

Simply put, if Silva even wanted to move up, he'd still have to wait for Jones to finish beating the best in the division.

Weight classes were introduced into MMA to make things fair, putting two men of similar size against one another. While there are those who choose to fight above their natural weight class, Randy Couture and Frankie Edgar specifically, there is no reason to force successful fighters to face unfair competition.

Even if Silva did move up, what would that prove? That a larger, stronger 205 pound fighter can defeat a smaller 185 pounder? Or that Jon Jones, the future of MMA, can be defeated by someone half his size and twice his age?