And there you have it. Today at a luncheon in Burbank, California, reigning UFC middleweight king Anderson Silva (pictured) admitted what many in the MMA community have been thinking ever since this whole superfight subject came to light – a 38-year-old Silva would likely lose to 25-year-old UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones if they met inside the Octagon.
“Jon Jones, in his class, is the best. If I fight Jon Jones, I don’t think I’m going to win,” Silva stated (via MMAFighting). “Jon Jones is different. He’s large. He’s young. But, in the fight, I see in Jon Jones, I see myself from a long time ago. He’s very smart.
“In my opinion, ‘Spider’ has more experience than Jon Jones, but that’s the only advantage.”
Silva has been the centerpiece of the two biggest fights the UFC could arrange – against Jones or with welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. While most believe the Brazilian jumping up to challenge Jones at 205-pounds makes the most sense because he’s a dominant 3-0 in that division while competing in the UFC, Silva has opted to aggressively pursue a box office bout with GSP.
Jones was flattered by Silva’s compliment, but refused to take his eye off the prize. “Bones” has long professed that he plans to be the game’s G.O.A.T. when it’s all said and done.
“Honored to hear the statements Silva made regarding a super fight me earlier today.. Doesn’t change much, still working hard,” Jones tweeted.
This superfight chatter is much ado about nothing, if you were to ask Chris Weidman. The middleweight top contender has already apologized to White and MMA fans because he has promised to spoil any blockbuster bout involving Silva when he beats the Octagon’s most decorated champion this Saturday at UFC 162.