That may be one of the reasons UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva is warming up to the idea of a "super fight" against reigning light heavyweight titleholder Jon Jones, who also refuses to rule out a champion vs. champion clash against "The Spider."
"I respect [Silva] a lot. As I said several times, I do not want to be the guy who beat Anderson, and do not want to be the guy who lost to him. Anderson is a great champion, I'm a great champion ... I'm not saying the fight will not happen. It can happen. But it's not something I'm chasing. I don't believe that I need to fight with Anderson to be the best in the world."
It's progress, but let's not break out the party hats just yet.
Silva has been pining for a championship throwdown against reigning welterweight kingpin Georges St. Pierre, assuming "Rush" can get past Carlos Condit at the UFC 154 pay-per-view (PPV) next month from the Bell Centre in Montreal.
"Bones," meanwhile, will have hands hands full with Chael Sonnen until early 2013.
A good portion of mixed martial arts (MMA) fans believe where there's smoke, there's fire, while others believe this is much ado about nothing. Which one of those scenarios best describes your outlook on this potential "super fight" showdown?
What say you?