Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva has won 16 straight fights inside the Octagon, has successfully defended his 185-pound title 11 times and has seen 14 of his fights end by way of knockout, technical knockout or submission.
In short, he's one bad motherf----r.
But Jon Jones is coming for him. If they don't hook 'em up inside the cage in a much-talked about "superfight," then the UFC light heavyweight titleholder will settle for "The Spider's" records. That's according to a conversation he had last weekend during the UFC on FOX 6 post-fight media scrum (watch it here):
"I wanna be great. I wanna be like Anderson (Silva). I wanna be remembered and master my craft. I have time to break his records, fighting tons of opponents. I predict that I'll lose one day to somebody. Probably to a guy that's young right now and is extremely dedicated to the sport. I don't have pressure, I feel as though I'm playing catch-up to all these guys who are so intertwined to the sport like Matt Hughes, Anderson (Silva), Chuck Liddell, Randy Couture. I've proven a lot, but there's so much more to be done and that's what keeps me motivated and on fire."
That goal is within reach.
While "Bones" is haunted by a disqualification loss to Matt Hamill back in 2009 (see why here), he's managed to rebound with eight straight wins and four consecutive title defenses. He can make it five when he takes on Chael Sonnen at UFC 159 later this year in Newark, New Jersey.
And after that?
Only time will tell, but Jones is just 25 years old and has looked unstoppable inside the cage. Anyone think his prediction of losing to a "younger guy" will eventually come true?