As Anderson Silva’s (Pictured) illustrious career winds to a historical close, it is becoming glaring clear that the baddest middleweight in bare feet has zero interest in topping off his résumé with a blockbuster bout against light heavyweight king Jon Jones.
While “The Spider” will be filling in as a last-minute substitute to face Stephan Bonnar in a 205-pound affair to salvage UFC 153, Silva looks at the scrap as an opportunity to bail out his employer as opposed to a transition.
“There’s always been a lot of talks about me moving up to 205, I know [UFC president Dana White] has talked about it a lot, all the fans have talked a lot about me moving up and facing Jon Jones, but it’s something I’ve never wanted,” Silva stated during Thursday’s conference call. “I won’t be pretentious to say that I want to move up, especially because there’s other guys in that weight class on our team like Rafael Feijao (Cavalcante), (Antonio Rogerio) Minotoro Nogueira, there’s other guys that could potentially face Jon Jones in the future.”
Silva owns a UFC record 10 consecutive title defenses and is perfect through his past 16 scraps. The Brazilian hasn’t lost a fight in nearly seven years, and he avenged the controversial disqualification by steamrolling Yushin Okami at UFC 134.
However, during Silva’s torrid run in the Octagon he has posted devastating finishes in both of his light heavyweight bouts. As a 14-to-1 odds-on favorite against Bonnar, it’s highly probable he’ll add to his highlight reel package.
Nonetheless, he doesn’t intend to swim in Jones’ 205-pound pond for long.
“What got me this far is that I’m grounded, my weight class is 185,” Silva expressed. “I’m 37 years old and I feel like I need to be honest and to continue what I’ve built, which is keep defending my belt at 185.”