Reigning UFC middleweight king Anderson Silva may have admitted earlier this week that he would probably lose a superfight to UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones (pictured), but that doesn’t mean Silva is scared, homie.
Some fans thought Silva threw out the compliment to try and play head games with Jones, who is 13 years younger than Silva. Others felt Silva dropped the flattery seed so UFC brass would protect him from a fight most think he would lose at this stage in his illustrious career.
Silva shot down the latter theory on this week’s edition of “UFC Tonight” by professing he isn’t afraid of facing anyone, anywhere, anytime.
“My opinion is this, I’ll fight Jon Jones, all the guys from my class, all the guys that work in the UFC – all the fighters,” Silva stated on Tuesday’s episode. “I respect all the fighters. I respect Jon Jones. I respect Chris Weidman, but I’m here for working.
“I’m not scared of Jon Jones, of Chris Weidman or whoever. I’m here to fight. That’s it. It’s simple.”
What’s even simpler than that is all of this superfight chatter is for naught if Silva loses to Weidman this Saturday at UFC 162. However, if “The Spider” manages to continue his UFC record reign, given Silva’s advanced age of 38, it would only make sense that a blockbuster bout would be right around the corner.
On a side note, it was pretty clear Silva preferred a blockbuster bout against UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre over one against Jones.