The UFC’s reigning and defending middleweight champion will next fight at UFC 153 on Saturday night against Stephan Bonnar, but that doesn’t mean he can’t talk about the future.
Right now, it appears Silva’s focus is on a superfight with welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, assuming all goes well against Bonnar this weekend.
But no matter how much Silva vs. St-Pierre might be the fight that will happen, it doesn’t mean that people aren’t going to ask about another potential bout between champions.
In the last year, while St-Pierre has been on the shelf due to injury, Jon Jones has been tearing through the UFC light heavyweight division at an astronomical rate. He’s beaten five former world champions in less than two years’ time, and he’s finished four of them in fairly dramatic fashion.
With Jones on his current run, there now seems to be a lot of interest in a superfight pitting the UFC’s light heavyweight champion against Anderson Silva.
But while Silva has gone up to 205 pounds for a few bouts when the UFC has asked him to, it’s not a longterm plan for him, and he has no plans of staying there to challenge Jon Jones at any point in time.
“Well, there are many possibilities, but fighting Jon Jones is one of them that I don’t think is possible,” Silva said on Thursday. “There’s no way.”
Silva has never been shy in saying that he’s not comfortable going up to 205 pounds outside of the times the UFC has asked him to make the move, and his goal is to finally face St-Pierre if he ever does a superfight.
There is also a burgeoning list of middleweight contenders that would love the chance to face Silva before he retires, so for now a Silva vs. Jones superfight appears dead in the water.
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