Passing the Torch from Silva to Jones?

December 14, 2011

There’s no denying the meteoric rise of Jon “Bones” Jones to the top of the UFC’s light heavyweight division, and into discussions for the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet.

Even Jones admits, however, that long reigning UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva still sits atop that list as the best fighter in the sport.

But at 37 years of age and having openly talked about retirement, Silva’s time in the sport is closer to the end than the beginning now.

UFC president Dana White knows just how talented Jones is and how dangerous he can be in the Octagon. It’s hard to not look at Jones’ dominance and not think about the same kind of things that Silva’s been able to do over the last few years.

“If this guy can keep his personal life together, continue to grow as a fighter, who beats this guy?” White pondered.

One of Jones’ greatest criticisms of late has been his apparent change in attitude. Despite his coaches’ continued praise of his humble attitude in and out of the gym, people keep pointing fingers and saying that as his fame grows, so does his cocky attitude.

White believes that Jones has every right to be cocky, if that’s even what he’s doing right now.

“Let me tell you what, if I was kicking people’s asses the way he is, I’d be cocky too,” said White.

Of course when talking about pound-for-pound the best fighters in MMA, you can’t forget people like Georges St-Pierre, Frankie Edgar, Jose Aldo, or Dominick Cruz. Still with Jones’ ability to finish fighters like he’s been doing, literally rolling over the top fighters in his division, he might just be the closest thing to Anderson Silva this sport has ever seen.

When Silva finally does walk away, will Jon Jones carry the torch forward for the UFC?

“Could be,” answered White.

Check out what White had to say about both Jon Jones and Anderson Silva in this exclusive video: