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Three reasons Anderson Silva vs. Jon Jones has to happen
“People are talking so much about this fight … I have no such intention, it isn’t something that motivates me, just because we have other athletes on my team who are in his weight division. My weight is 185 pounds; this is my title. But people talk so much, and we are UFC employees,” Silva said. “Of course, I can say that I don’t want it, but what if he goes there and accepts the money that Dana will give him to take the fight? It’ll be difficult. It’s not the money that motivates me to fight. I fight because I like it. So, I don’t know,” he continued. “I wouldn’t like it. But if it happens, it would be at a catch-weight — not for the belt. I already have mine, and I do not want to leave a title dropped.” – Anderson Silva, via Sherdog.com
Passing the torch
Anderson Silva is 37 years old. According to “The Spider” himself, he has around 3 fights left inside the UFC Octagon. Jon Jones is twelve years younger, on brink of breaking the consecutive title defenses record in the UFC Light Heavyweight division. I think the best thing about this match-up is that it makes all the sense in the world on so many different levels. It’s not some random exhibition fight. Both fighters want to prove they are the greatest ever. Victory over Silva would instantly put Jon Jones on top of the Pound-for-Pound mountain, where he will stay until someone beats him at Light Heavyweight, or perhaps at Heavyweight, if he decides to go up. It will be Anderson Silva passing the torch to Jon Jones, with the latter having to prove he deserves it.
Georges St. Pierre
Catchweight or not, Anderson Silva has a ridiculous size advantage over Georges St. Pierre. Silva’s physical superiority is one of the most important factors behind his dominance in the UFC Middleweight division. Personally, I see St. Pierre matching-up with a fighter like Ben Henderson or even Nate Diaz in the future. Those fights make a lot of sense since Diaz has fought at Welterweight, and there’s a good background story to this fight. Ben Henderson cuts a lot of weight to go down to 155, and is “virtually identical” with his height-reach stats to the French-Canadian champ. Georges St. Pierre and Anderson Silva have already cemented their status as MMA legends, and with so much on the line, they deserve a fair match-up.
The fight we want
Three (or is it four?) years ago, Fedor Emelianenko vs. Brock Lesnar was the fight everyone wanted to see. Anderson Silva vs. Jon Jones is just as big of a fight, if not bigger. This is a golden opportunity for the UFC to finally promote a true superfight, perhaps at Dallas Cowboys Stadium, with a record-breaking PPV numbers. It was a tough year for the UFC, with countless injuries and one cancelled event. This fight is not about making it up for the fans… well, it is, but at the end of the day, this is simply the right time for this fight to happen. Fans want it, the sport needs it.