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Despite his dominance in three trips to light heavyweight, UFC 185-pound champ Anderson Silva insists he will never fight 205-pound titleholder Jon Jones. UFC President Dana White says "The Spider" is just being humble and will eventually do it to cement his legacy -- and bankroll boku bucks.
Probably because Jones, the reigning 205-pound champion, can't be defeated by anyone in the light heavyweight division. And after watching UFC 153 last Saturday night (Oct. 13, 2012) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, apparently, neither can Anderson Silva.
The UFC middleweight champion is now perfect in three trips north, including this past weekend's technical knockout (TKO) victory over Stephan Bonnar. His dominant performance over "The American Psycho" didn't do much for his legacy, but it sure as heck made fans cry that much louder for a showdown against "Bones."
Too bad "The Spider" says it's never going to happen.
One person who doesn't believe him is UFC President Dana White, who can think of several million reasons why Silva will not only return to the light heavyweight division, but will do it for a fight against Jones.
From the UFC 153 post-fight press conference:
"I think the Jon Jones fight is a big fight. And I know my man says, ‘no, no, no,' but the amount of money that would be offered for that fight, I guarantee you, I will make Anderson Silva say, ‘yes, yes, yes.'"
While his checkbook wasn't big enough to convince Fedor Emelianenko to fight Brock Lesnar, he contends that Silva's modesty is nothing more than a game he's playing, presumably to up the ante when the time comes to sign on the dotted line.
From the UFC 153 post-fight media scrum:
"He's playing games with me, that's what he's doing. I know how he works and I know how he thinks. He always has this thing of being humble, where it's not like 'Yeah, I'm gonna fight Jon Jones and I'll beat him.' He never does that. But, I know how he is. He wants to show everybody by the time he leaves, who the man is."
Silva wants a "super fight," just not against Jones. The Brazilian, to date, insists on squaring off against reigning welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre, assuming "Rush" can get past Carlos Condit at the UFC 154 pay-per-view (PPV) next month in Montreal.
Until then, it's all just fantasy matchmaking.