Is Anderson Silva trolling the mixed martial arts (MMA) community? Or finally coming around?
The reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight kingpin, who is also undefeated in three trips up to light heavyweight, has long insisted he would never consider fighting 205-pound champion and fellow pound-for-pound great Jon Jones.
But if he did...
"The Spider" recently conceded to Globo's SporTV (via Middle Easy) that it may be inevitable, but should it ever take place, it would have to be at a catchweight with neither champion putting their title on the line.
"I don't have such intentions, there isn't any motive to do so, mostly because there are several people from my team who belong to his weight class," Silva said. ... "My weight is [185 pounds], that's my title. But lots of people talk about it, and some of those are UFC employees. It's obvious, I might say that I don't want it, but if he accepts the money Dana offers him? It is going to get tough. It isn't the cash that makes me do what I do, I fight because I like it. I don't know... I wouldn't like it, but if it's going to happen it would have to be at a catch weight. His belt wouldn't be on the line. I already have my title, I don't want my title to be on the line."
Silva has been asking for 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.
"Bones," meanwhile, will have hands hands full with Chael Sonnen until early-2013.
So, what's the verdict? Is this much ado about nothing? Or has the public outcry (and millions of dollars he claims he doesn't care about) started to convince him to at least consider it?