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Anderson Silva: Jon Jones taught me a few things I didn't know about striking

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That's probably the last thing Nick Diaz wants to hear.

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion Anderson Silva, who returns to the Octagon against Diaz next month in Las Vegas, Nevada (more on that here), spent some of his training camp trying new things, like sparring with light heavyweight kingpin Jon Jones (pic).

Who taught "The Spider" (via MMA Fighting) a few things he didn't know.

"It was a normal training, he did a few things, and I did a few things. It was a tough training for both of us. We learned a lot. He taught me a few things I didn't know, I gave him a few tips. I like him a lot, and it was cool."

That's probably as close as we'll ever get to a Jones vs. Silva "super fight" (sorry Dana).

The Brazilian, who at one time was considered the greatest pound-for-pound mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter in the world, turns 40 in just a few months and is 12 years older than "Bones." In addition, Silva is coming off back-to-back losses and a devastating leg injury, while Jones is competing in his prime.

And considering what awaits the 205-pound champ this weekend in "Sin City," it will be interesting to see if those "few tips" come into play against Daniel Cormier.

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