In the dream world of millions of mixed martial arts (MMA) fans across the globe, no other fight is fantasized about as much as a clash between Ultimate Fighting Championship Middleweight (UFC) Champion Anderson Silva and UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones.
Both are at the top of the MMA world and have wreaked havoc in their respective divisions. "The Spider" has won an unheard of 14 consecutive fights inside the Octagon, including nine title defenses and two appearances at 205-pounds.
Jones is 9-1 in his relatively young UFC career, with his only loss coming via disqualification to Matt Hamill, a fight he was thoroughly dominating. He's also defeated a murderers row of elite fighters in the light heavyweight field en route to capturing and defending his first world title in 2011.
But will two of the best to ever don the four ounce gloves ever meet face-to-face inside the eight-walled cage? Highly unlikely, or at least that's what "Bones" would prefer.
Speaking to Sensei SporTV, Jones says that even though the world would like nothing more than to see he and Silva go toe-to-toe, he would rather have him as a mentor than an opponent.
"My job is to be prepared to face the best in the world. I'd rather not deal with Anderson, but if I have to fight him, I will focus on my confidence and on my technique. I respect and look up to him (Silva) so much. For me, the ideal scenario would be having him as my mentor and learn with him after he retires. It would be great for me. That would be ideal, but the world wants to see us fighting."
Though the chances of Silva moving back up to the 205-pound division in attempts of capturing gold there by facing Jones would probably be slim to none at this point, Jones, on the other hand, is still not ruling out a move to heavyweight:
"I spoke with Dana White about making a heavyweight fight in 2012 but he said he didn't consider it a good idea right now. But after beating Dan Henderson, Rashad Evans and maybe Alexander Gustafsson in 2012, I don't see what to do in this division, not wanting to disrespect anybody."
If Jones' 2012 fight campaign is as successful as last year's, he would no longer have anything to prove at 205-pounds. A move to heavyweight won't be too far-fetched, as Jones towers over his opposition in his current class. Pack on some extra mass and you have yourselves a very real heavyweight contender.
First things first, there is still the matter of a much anticipated fight that Jones has to tend to, as he takes on former training partner turned bitter rival, Rashad Evans, at UFC 145 in Atlanta, Georgia, on April 21, 2012.
The Jon Jones vs. Anderson Silva dream match may never come to fruition; however, should Silva ever consider taking Jones up on his offer to be his mentor, can you imagine a Jon Jones trained by possibly the best fighter to ever compete in MMA?