Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White is prepared to make his longest running champion, 185-pound titleholder Anderson Silva, an offer he can't refuse while negotiating a potential "super fight" against light heavyweight kingpin Jon Jones.
"The Spider," as it turns out, has a few offers of his own.
One of them includes owning 50 percent of UFC, which would put him higher than either of the Fertitta brothers, who each own 40.5 percent. White and Abu Dhabi-based Flash, own nine and 10 percent, respectively. That means Frank and Lorenzo would need to hand over a significant portion of their mixed martial arts (MMA) empire for just one fight.
"The question (about facing Jones) would have to be made to Dana White. Let's ask if he'll give me 50% of the UFC. If he will, maybe this fight will happen. I have personal projects outside of the UFC and want to put them in practice. I'm opening my own martial arts academy in LA. I want to do my thing, take some air, spend time with the family. I have more to do than take punches to the face."
We're pretty much back to square one.
By his own admission, a "super fight" against Georges St. Pierre is possible, depending on how well "Rush" does later this month in Montreal, while a return to 205 pounds, where the Brazilian recently beat the brakes off a drugged up 'Psycho," is not.
But I'm sure we'll keep talking about it anyway.