Anderson Silva admits fighting Jon Jones Later this Year is Likely | UFC News
Anderson Silva has admitted a fight against Jon Jones for the first time. The UFC middleweight champion talked about his desire to face the light heavyweight title holder later this year during a lecture with other fellow Brazilian sports personalities, last week in Las Vegas, as reported by Sportv.com.
When asked about the possibility of facing Jones, “the Spider” stated that he would welcome the opportunity to get in the cage with “Bones”, adding that the superfight can happen in 2013 on a catchweight between 185 and 205 pounds. Therefore, neither his nor Jones’ belt would be on the line. Also, the idea is to schedule the fight as the headliner of the UFC’s first ever event in New York, in case MMA gets sanctioned over there in proper time. If not, the much-anticipated “Silva x Jones” collision could take place on a soccer stadium in Brazil.
Silva’s manager, Jorge Guimarães, talked to Sportv.com and stated that “all signs point to that fight happening, but nothing has been confirmed or discussed as of now.” Guimarães also added that it would be a bout in which “there’s no interest to take away anybody’s belt”.
Anderson Silva last appearance inside the Octagon was on October 13th of 2012, when he defeated Stephan Bonnar in a light heavyweight bout. As of now, the UFC has not scheduled Silva’s next challenge. Meanwhile, Jon Jones is set to face Chael Sonnen on April 27th as the main event of UFC 159.