UFC champions Anderson Silva and Jon Jones have been dominating the middleweight and the light heavyweight divisions in similar fashion, although ‘The Spider’ has held the belt over five years while ‘Bones’ is coming towards the end of his first year as champion.
Due to their superior performances in their respective weight classes, fans all over the world dream about a potential match-up between the two champions. But Anderson has already said he doesn’t want to take Jon on - and now it’s Jones’ turn to say the same.
“My job is to be prepared to fight the best in the world. I will only know my limit when I face the best fighters in the world. I would rather not to fight Anderson, but if I have to fight him, I will focus on my confidence and technique,” Jones told Sensei SporTV.
The 205lbs sensation considers Silva his idol and confesses he would like to get him as his mentor when the Brazilian retires from the sport.
“I respect and look up to him so much. For me, the ideal scenario would be having him as my mentor and learn with him after he retires. It would be great for me. He could teach me how to move my body in different ways. It would be ideal - but the world wants to see us fight. Maybe that will happen, maybe not.”
The one thing Jon Jones is sure of is that Anderson Silva is the best pound for pound to date.
“Yeah, for sure. This is indisputable. It is; just look at his numbers, he is phenomenal! I’m a big supporter of Anderson. Everything he does is phenomenal, the way the behaves, how he fights, the techniques he uses, the way he moves…”
Jon recently had his request to fight at heavyweight denied by UFC president Dana White but he feels like it is his future pathway since there won’t be much work at 205lbs if (or when, according to Jones) he beats Rashad Evans, Dan Henderson and possibly Alexander Gustafsson.
“It is fun that maybe I am Anderson Silva’s clone, just younger. Who knows? Normally I walk around 100kg. I spoke with Dana White about making a heavyweight fight in 2012 but he said he didn’t consider it a good idea right now. He wants me to concentrate on the 205 division, to be an overwhelming champion.
“But after beating Dan Henderson, Rashad Evans and maybe Alexander Gustafsson in 2012, I don’t see what to do in this division, not wanting to disrespect to anybody. Maybe I will do a fight as a heavyweight in 2013, who knows?”
Jon Jones faces off with Rashad Evans at UFC 145, on April 21 in Atlanta, United States. This is going to be his third title defense. After winning the belt in 2011 by defeating Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua, Bones submitted Quinton Jackson and Lyoto Machida to make for back-to-back stoppage defenses against former champions.