It appears fanboys can officially cross one fantasy fight off their wish list. Following Jon Jones’ submission victory over Lyoto Machida on Saturday night, UFC president Dana White claimed it’s highly unlikely a blockbuster bout between Jones and middleweight king Anderson Silva (Pictured) will be taking place during this lifetime.
“I just think Jon Jones is young,” White said at the UFC 140 post-fight press conference. “He’s 24 years old, he’s just getting out there and fighting all the best in the light heavyweight division. It’s not … I don’t see that fight happening anytime soon.”
Jones’ youth wasn’t the only factor that contributed to White’s decision to wipe the mega-fight off the mixed martial arts table. Although Silva has rattled of 15 consecutive victories and remains the baddest 185-pounder on the planet, he is getting a little bit long in the tooth.
“What people got to realize too is Anderson Silva’s 37 years old. Thirty-seven years old,” White reiterated. “They’re in two different weight classes.”
Understanding it’s a young man’s game, pitting “The Spider” against a nowhere-near-his-prime Jones might not be in Silva’s best interest at this stage in his illustrious career.
Furthermore, despite the fact Silva left his two light heavyweight bouts in the Octagon completely unscathed, he said he intends to remain in the division he’s dominated since day one in the UFC.
Jones, on the other hand, is still growing into his body and has the heavyweight class in his sights. In the meantime, “Bones” will continue to build a G.O.A.T.-like legacy against his fellow 205-pounders.