Mixed martial arts’ most talked about dream fight might still have
a chance to become reality.
Silva, who once claimed that it would be "impossible" for him
to face Jon Jones, for
the first time admitted that the fight could happen. At a
promotional event on Thursday, the middleweight champion reiterated
that he did not want to face Jones, but said that the fight is in
the hands of the UFC.
"People are talking so much about this fight ... I have no such
intention, it isn't something that motivates me, just because we
have other athletes on my team who are in his weight division. My
weight is 185 pounds; this is my title. But people talk so much,
and we are UFC employees,” Silva said. “Of course, I can say that I
don't want it, but what if he goes there and accepts the money that
Dana will give him to take the fight? It'll be difficult. It's not
the money that motivates me to fight. I fight because I like
“So, I don’t know,” he continued. “I wouldn't like it. But if it
happens, it would be at a catch-weight -- not for the belt. I
already have mine, and I do not want to leave a title dropped."
When asked if he would be favorite in a fight against Jones for
having defeated Vitor
Belfort and Stephan
Bonnar faster than the American, Anderson downplayed the
"At home we have a tree of ‘almost.’ Never give anything, always is
almost. When you go to fight a champion, you have to be physically
and psychologically prepared to face a champion,” Silva said.
“[There is a reason] he is the champion. You have to train hard and
be prepared. You must have a champion's mind to fight a champion.
You can't have a loser’s mind. All champion’s opponents must have
the mind of a champion, not just a challenger."
*Alan Oliveira contributed to this report