There was a lot at stake at UFC 162 when Anderson Silva faced Chris Weidman for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight championship. Had Silva walked out of MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, victorious, it was rumored that he'd face Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones in a "super" fight.
But, Weidman played spoiler and shocked the world, knocking out Silva in the second round, the first time the legendary Brazilian had been knocked out in his mixed martial arts (MMA) career.
"Watching UFC 162 was crazy. Just sitting there and registering something like that is mind blowing. To see a great champion and an entire legacy just end like that, it was humbling. It lets you know that it can happen to anyone. You've got to take everything and everyone seriously and you've got to respect the sport. But at the same time I still believe Anderson can come back. He's still has it and he just got caught basically. After he lost I Tweeted about my disappointment and that him losing sucked, but it was just because watching a champion lose always sucks. It's like he's also a member of this special league of gentlemen and when you see one of the guys get taken down it sucks. But Anderson, and any thought of a superfight, well, it's still there. All Anderson has to do is win his next fight [against Weidman] decisively and there's the interest right there. It's still on, the superfight. I've never really been overly anxious to face Anderson Silva though to be honest. I knew the fight could happen but I never had any desire to be the one to beat him or anything like that."
Jones' interest in the "super" fight is obviously twofold. The first reason is that he's extremely competitive and wants to prove that he is in fact the best fighter in the world. But, another reason is that a "super" fight with Silva would draw a ton of pay-per-view (PPV) buys, which translates into buku bucks.
It's pretty clear who Jones will be rooting for on Dec. 28, 2013, at UFC 168 when Silva hopes to regain his 185-pound belt against "All American."