News in Review: Jon Jones, GSP vs. Silva, Weidman vs. Boetsch, ONE FC


In less than two weeks, we’ll finally have a good reason to forget about Jon Jones’ controversial decision to decline the fight with Chael Sonnen at UFC 151. But until then, it’s time to look back at four of the biggest news topics that made headlines in the world of Mixed Martial Arts over the past few weeks.

We had Tito Ortiz adding his name to the list of fighters upset with Jon Jones’ decision-making process, the talk about Anderson Silva vs. Georges St. Pierre being in works for 2013, Andrei Arlovski and Tim Sylvia continuing their saga, and the recent announcement of Tim Boetsch vs. Chris Weidman for UFC 155, which will take place on December 29th.

Here we go:

More on Jon Jones’ UFC 151 madness

I think Jon Jones’ refusal to fight at UFC 151 is a blessing in disguise for his career as a fighter. Jon Jones is slowly but surely becoming MMA’s first anti-hero. Now, I’m not saying that from now on Jon Jones should concentrate on cancelling every UFC card he signs up to fight at, not at all, but hey – Brock Lesnar wasn’t that popular either. Still, Lesnar helped the Ultimate Fighting Championship to knock on the door of the mainstream sports industry. There are plenty of people who would love Vitor Belfort to KO Jon Jones at UFC 152, but at the same time there also those who will be rooting for the reigning champ. So yeah – “loved by some, hated by many, envied by most, yet wanted by plenty”.

Anderson Silva vs. Georges St. Pierre is getting closer?

There’s no better time for GSP and Anderson Silva to finally meet inside the Octagon. Both fighters are not getting any younger, and if you ask me – the world of Mixed Martial Arts simply needs this fight to happen. We need a heavily-promoted superfight to shake things around, and bring freshness to MMA. Cancelled fights, unnecessary rematches, and just bad match-ups have continuously damaged this sport in 2012. GSP vs. Silva is the light at the end of the tunnel.

Chris Weidman vs. Tim Boetsch at UFC 155

Fresh out the oven! It’s hard to be excited about Chris Weidman vs. Tim Boetsch, but still, it’s a good decision by the UFC matchmakers. It’s too early for Weidman to fight Boetsch, who’s getting closer to the title shot picture. Both fighters are on a collision course, which can be solved only inside the Octagon. I’m not sure why Chris Weidman is not fighting Alan Belcher, which could’ve been a super-exciting match-up. Still, Tim Boetsch is a serious threat for Weidman’s title shot aspirations. If Anderson Silva fights Georges St. Pirre, I think there’s a good chance that he will leave the Middleweight for a few more superfights in various weight classes. Such decision could open a big window of opportunities for Weidman, Bisping, Belcher, Stann, and other fighters in the UFC Middleweight division.

Andrei Arlovski vs. Tim Sylvia IV

There’s a huge roadblock that prevents from MMA to move forward, and that’s the lack of big-money investors. Up-and-coming promotions such as ONE FC have absolutely no room to develop their fresh talent without using the services of Bob Sapp, Tim Sylvia, Andrei Arlovski, and other veterans that should’ve stopped fighting 3 years ago. PRIDE FC was so great only because its biggest stars were ‘born and raised’ under the same roof. Nogueira, Rampage, Fedor, Cro Cop never fought in the UFC, but this creating an immediate alternative to what is now synonymous with the sport. Even today, there are plenty of fighters who have what it takes to become stars. Unfortunately, not so many promoters are willing to take the risk, which results in Andrei Arlovski and Tim Sylvia getting an opportunity to solve their uninspiring conflict.

  • Silva vs GSP makes no sense and i hope it never happens…we all know GSP would never beat a prime Silva…..Silva vs Jones is the only super fight out there…..Fedor x Brock would be the bomb also.

  • I agree completely, back when they first started talking about it, it made a lot of sense, but now am not really to interested, silva is still as dominant as ever but GSP is coming off of injury and still needs to get past condit plus it just doesn’t seem like a super fight anymore. Now jones vs silva that’s the fight I think everybody wants to see, if you ask 10 ppl I think seven of them would rather watch silva vs jones.

  • Georges The Safest – Pierre himself knows that he has no shot at beating Anderson Silva whatsoever, So I’m not sure why some of his fans actually think that he has a shot. Anderson Silva vs Georges The Safest-Pierre would be nothing but a money fight for Dictator Dana and the UFC.

    Go JETS.

  • Really!? George has no chance. George has a great shot just as any other fighter. He has superior wrestling show by out wrestling Kosh in both matches. His striking is good and almost as accurate as Andersons. His ground game is a little behind Andersons. Plus if they do fight at catch weight I believe he will have a slight advantage because he has to work at gain weight and getting strong while at the same time Anderson has to lose weight and get weaker. It’s a big deal when your body has to lose weight and you feel a lot weaker. I would love to see this match. I love the ideal of seeing who is really the best between these two. That is what the UFC was created to do. See who the best fighter in the world is.

  • GSP has the same shot Sonnen had against Silva, to try and hold him on the ground until time runs out and hope he doesnt get KO’d getting him down. He chances of finishing Silva are much worse…

  • yeah I agree with you highkick12 and plus GSP is the best at holding people down for 5 rounds I think he has a better chance than a lot of people but honestly right now they both have unfinished business in there a weight divisions there’s a lot of guys at 170 for GSP this whole superfight talk was when they were running out of opponents for both of them and a specially silva

  • I disagree about the ground game. I think this is exactly where GSP would want to attack Silva.

  • Weidman is gonna dis-****en-stroy

  • George really does have just as great a shot as any other fighter…i think you actually agree with what underdog said.

  • Its like saying you won’t drive the porsche someones gives you because you couldn’t have the Ferrari. I’ll drive it and you’ll be walking cause Jones vs Silva won’t happen and Gsp vs Silva can happen. I’ll watch it if it does.

  • Noticed a typo.
    “In less than two weeks, we’ll finally have a good reason to forget about Jon Jones’ controversial decision to decline the fight with Chael Sonnen at UFC 151.”

    What you meant to write was.
    “In less than two weeks, we’ll finally have a good reason to forget about Dana White’s’ controversial decision to cancel UFC 151, just because the main event fell through due to Dan Henderson getting injured and the UFC being unable to find a reasonable opponent and giving the champ reasonable time to prepare.”

  • beltcher would of beat weidman

  • Silva – Jones if Silva is concerned about his legacy. Beating GSP proves he can beat smaller fighters. Losing to GSP raises serious questions and does an awful lot of damage to his legacy. Beating Jones after the wrecking spree Jones has done to the best LHWs on the planet… now that would define his legacy beyond even skeptics like myself who have never rated Silva as the best fighter, just the best striker. Losing to Jones does no damage to his legacy.

  • Weidman is getting screwed.

  • If you never want to see GSP vs Silva then I really have a difficult time believing you are a MMA fan.

  • GSP has less chance of finishing than Sonnen did? lol…

    Just because Sonnen got an easy arm triangle on guy who is relatively poor on the ground doesn’t mean he is a finisher.. in fact he has an incredibly low finish rate.

    GSP has finished legends like BJ Penn, Matt Hughes and Matt Serra.

    Georges also has far superior striking, better G&P and he submit high level guys… Chael has a takedown and constant G&P but no damage behind it

  • gsp said he doesnt want it yet

  • can’t wait for gsp to end Silva winning streak

  • Brasil said GSP would never beat silva so he needs a weak. Keith said he wants to see the fight, but we know GSP would lose so he’s encouraging silva looking good, that gets a cool at most.

    GSP wants the fight in another 10 years guys, sorry i exposed the battle plan of the idiot patrol.