Dana: We Could See Anderson Silva Fight Jon Jones This Year


We’re all hoping for the superfight between Anderson Silva and Jon Jones to happen, and happen soon. But with Silva slated to face Chris Weidman at UFC 162 this July and Jones’ future up in the air after his toe being surgically reattached last month, nothing is even close to set in stone. Speculation has been rampant over the past year, but talk has cooled in recent months, perhaps due to an overall feeling that the bout is just tough to put together.

However, there is one man who remains the eternal optimist about the whole situation, and that man is obviously Dana White. He recently spoke up to CBS Atlanta’s Gametime to present a hypothetical timeline for the bout that could be the biggest fight MMA has ever seen:

“Silva has a fight coming up on July 6, he’s fighting Chris Weidman. Many people think this is a very serious threat to his record and his title and everything else. But if he gets past this test with Weidman, we could see this [Jones] super fight this year.”

It’s very true that many are deeming Weidman the toughest test for Silva to date. But there have been a lot of fighters who were deemed as such. There’s no doubt that Weidman is a great fighter with excellent wrestling, submissions, and rapidly improving striking. And he wants to ruin all of the superfight plans for ‘The Spider.’

But wanting and doing tend to be two very different things, and while Silva may be an aging champion, he’s still the most fluid striker the UFC has ever employed.

Regardless of all that speculation, even if Silva gets past Weidman, is he really going to quickly turn around and fight Jones after fighting in July? His turnarounds haven’t been all that quick in recent years. I personally don’t see it happening, but it could be an outside possibility for a New Year’s Eve card. And if that were to be the case, that would be quite the year-ending event.

  • Stop teasing me! I'm getting a woody!
    THIS would be the biggest mma fight to date!!!!! FOR SURE!
    (c mon anderson do it)
    Anderson would also be Jones his biggest test so far and vice versa

    • damn!!! this fight is so one sided, silva will taste a real beating again, i mean chael lasted 1 round from jones while chael won 6 rounds to silva until he got lucky with a triangle and knock out, but i think he cant past weidman, silva will taste a real good beating to weidmann.

  • Let's see it. This would be a much better match than Silva vs. GSP.

  • Dana is talking out of his a$$ again.

  • I mean, it's just such a quick turnaround for Anderson to make. He did a similar one last year, yes, but it was to help save an event.

    • I don't really see Anderson's reason for fighting as having anything to do with his ability to fight again sooner than usual. He did it in brutal fashion recently and that shows that he can do it. End of story.

      • He definitely can do it. Will he is the question.

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  • holy ****!!! holy ****!!! =). who would be considered the underdog?

    • Silva of course. Not that he can't win. With striking at his level which is unsurpassed in MMA he could beat any man on the planet in a MMA fight That said, if Jones can make it a dirty fight in the clinch and on the ground he only needs to avoid a sub to absolutely dominate Silva start to finish and his reach is insane, something Silva has never dealt with.

      If Jones does fight Silva he is gifted with Weidman facing Silva. A part of Weidman's game is similar to a part of Jones' and will give Jones a great foundation to work on a gameplan.

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  • That "if" he gets by Weidman might be a bigger "if" than a lot of people think. I would never bet against Silva based on his 7 years of destruction in the UFC, but Weidman is seriously skilled in the one area Anderson has had any kind of trouble.

    Same goes for Jones actually, and Jones is larger than Anderson to boot.

  • I'll believe it when I see it.

    Beyond that and as DW said, Silva has to make it past Weidman and I don't think that's going to be a small task. Personally, I think Weidman is going to end all of these super-fight plans.

    Other than that and should Silva beat Weidman and should DW put together a super-fight with Jones, then what about the 185 title? I truly hope this does not leave the belt and Vitor Belfort, hanging out in the cold for a year with nothing to do. If Silva takes a super-fight, then I want an interim title for 185. If for no other reason than if Silva takes this fight, there's no guarantee that he'll come back to 185 and defend his belt in a timely fashion, as there is no guarantee that he will come back at all. If DW wants this fight and Silva and Jones are up for it, great, but Silva needs to vacate the 185 belt in doing so. Fair is fair. Let Belfort fight someone for the 185 belt and if Anderson decides to come back, then let him re-claim his belt. As he is so great, it shouldn't be that hard.

  • GSP was definitely going to fight Silva, too.

    I actually think its less likely after hearing this.

    The only thing that would make me think that the fight is close is if they pulled Silva from his fight with Weidman.

    • @ Evan

      I think the GSP / Silva fight is a pipe dream, that will never come true.

      In terms of pulling Silva in the Weidman fight, that's just not going to happen. With that said, it's a hell of a risk in terms of Super-Fights. Weidman is no joke and Silva fans should not be shocked if he loses. The same way GSP fans should not be shocked if Rush loses to Hendricks, for it could well happen.