Spider camp: Anderson Silva willing to fight Jon Jones at catchweight in non-title bout by end of 2013

Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

The department of "Fights That Aren't Happening" just called with this recent bulletin...

Well, this has to be music to Dana White's surgically-repaired ears.

Reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva, 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...

"Spider" rep Jorge Guimarães recently conceded to Globo's SporTV that it may be inevitable, but should it ever take place, it would have to be at a catchweight of 190 pounds with neither champion putting their title on the line. And while we're adding stipulations to help ensure the bout never takes place, let's also agree to hold it in one of the only places where mixed martial arts (MMA) is still illegal.

Middle Easy does the heavy lifting:

Brazil's SportTV talked to Anderson Silva's agent, Jorge Guimarães and he said although nothing is confirmed, Silva vs. Jones is on the horizon. Anderson Silva also believes the fight shouldn't be for the belt (hence the catchweight). Jorge also confirmed that Anderson Silva will defend his title this Summer and a Jones/Silva superfight could happen later in the year, preferably in New York and only at a catchweight of 87kgs (which comes out to about 190 lbs).

Jones cutting to 190 pounds. Right.

Silva isn't going anywhere for the time being, as Chris Weidman has been campaigning long and hard for a crack at the middleweight crown. It looks like he'll finally get it, too, at the promotion's annual Fourth of July weekend extravaganza in Las Vegas, Nevada.

"Bones," meanwhile, will have hands hands full with Chael Sonnen until the end of April.

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?

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