Anderson Silva: “I don’t think I can beat Jon Jones”

Posted: July 2, 2013 in Commentary/Opinion, Latest news

jonesandsilva_display_imageAnderson Silva has been on top of the UFC world for quite some time now. He holds every record in the book, including the book of popular opinion. Most fans feel he’s rightly earned the title as “best ever.” But still Silva has his reservations about one fight—a rumored superfight with light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. Surprisingly, he doesn’t like his chances.

He spoke at a media lunch yesterday and discussed a potential champion vs. champion matchup with Jones. “Jon Jones, in his class, is the best,” he said. “If I fight Jon Jones, I don’t think I’m going to win.”

“Jon Jones is different,” he continued. “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.”

Comparing Jones to himself is high praise indeed for Jones. As is The Spider ruling himself the underdog if the two ever met up inside the cage. But surely, Silva gives himself the edge in something, right?  “I don’t know,” Silva said about his own advantages. “In my opinion, Spider has more experience than Jon Jones, but that’s the only advantage.”

I think Silva might be right. Fighting at middleweight, Silva seems to own everyone. But at light heavyweight—where he’s dabbled a few times in the past—notice who he’s fought. He’s exclusively fought guys at 205 who are quite honestly, far inferior athletes.

Griffin and Bonnar? Very game fighters who are NOT athletes. They were far too slow to ever be able to handle Silva. Although they were considerably bigger, they lacked knockout power. Silva has nothing to be concerned with in either of those fights.

Jones on the other hand would be different. Much different.


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