With all the commotion surrounding its creation, the UFC 152 main event between Jon Jones and Vitor Belfort has become the main topic of conversation in the MMA world.

Even UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva has become involved in discussion of the matchup during a round of recent media appearances in Brazil. On Monday, “The Spider” gave his analysis of the 205-pound title fight -- which takes place Sept. 22 in Toronto -- during an edition of the SporTV program “Bem, Amigos!”

“It’s difficult, because Jon Jones has a larger-than-normal wingspan and he’s still very young,” Silva said when asked what Belfort needs to do in order to win the title. “He’s still in the phase where he’s playing during the fight, really, but he doesn’t have the responsibility of a champion.

“He fights with delight, jokingly, striking like I did back in 1930, when I started,” joked Silva. “Vitor has a great chance to defeat him. The biggest factor for Vitor is to use his explosiveness and his jiu-jitsu, where he is very good. But I think when one of them makes a mistake, the other will end up striking.”

Silva admitted that his opinion is slightly biased, since he’ll be cheering for his countryman to win come fight night, despite having a good relationship with his fellow UFC champ.

“As a Brazilian, I’ll be rooting for the Brazilian, even though I have a very good friendship with Jon Jones,” said Silva. “Whenever I’m with him, I ask him to conduct his career in a different way, because he is very young and is always asking me something. But I’ll be rooting for Brazil, yes. May the best man win, but I’m rooting for Brazil.”

Answering a fan-submitted question, Silva also laid to rest the rumor of he and Jones squaring off in a super-fight any time soon.

“We’re in different weight classes and there are teammates from Team Nogueira who may face him,” Silva said, referring to ex-champ Lyoto Machida. “We have a code of conduct in our team, and I respect that a lot.”

Leonardo Fabri contributed to this report.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Anderson Silva Would Like Michael Bisping Rematch | MMAWeekly.com

  • 22 days ago
  • 16 views

Anderson Silva is slated to return opposite Derek Brunson at UFC 208, but he'd really like to get another fight with Michael Bisping. read news >>

Ex-UFC-champ Anderson Silva talks dreams of action movie stardom, Netflix show, Hollywood auditions

  • 22 days ago
  • 5 views

RIO DE JANEIRO – After breaking records and establishing himself as one of the biggest MMA fighters of all time, Anderson is actively pursuing other types of stardom.Filed under: Featured Videos, New read news >>

Former UFC champ Anderson Silva: 'It's not important how many fights I've lost'

  • 15 days ago
  • 79 views

Anderson Silva, the former longtime UFC champion who many consider to be the greatest UFC fighter of all time, hasn’t officially won a fight in more than four years. He claims that doesn’t bother him read news >>

Anderson Silva wants fights with UFC champs McGregor and Bisping – but won't fight Brit in England

  • 23 days ago
  • 16 views

RIO DE JANEIRO – Former UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva has a fight scheduled with Derek Brunson, but he’s already got his sights on a couple of different opponents.Filed under: Featured, Featu read news >>

Dana White: Anderson Silva is the 'Tom Brady of the UFC' | MMAWeekly.com

  • 13 days ago
  • 14 views

Tom Silva? Anderson Brady? Either way, you're talking about two of the world's best athletes when it comes to Anderson Silva and Tom Brady. read news >>

Conor McGregor vs. Anderson Silva? UFC champ would do it 'if the numbers are right'

  • 12 days ago
  • 65 views

Don’t be so quick to dismiss the notion of a potential fight between current UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor and all-time pound-for-pound great Anderson Silva.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Anderson Silva is Brazil's Biggest Idol (UFC 208 video) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 12 days ago
  • 24 views

On Episode 1 of UFC 208 Embedded, middleweight great Anderson Silva hits the gym in Rio de Janeiro in advance of his UFC 208 bout. read news >>

UFC Unfiltered: Anderson Silva & Wyclef Jean

  • 12 days ago
  • 0 views

Wyclef Jean joins Jim and guest co-host Dan Soder in studio to discuss being an MMA fan from the beginning, training jiu-jitsu, Conor vs. Mayweather, and much more. Later, the great Anderson Silva ca read news >>

Anderson Silva vs. Derek Brunson: UFC 208 Countdown Video | MMAWeekly.com

  • 13 days ago
  • 8 views

UFC Countdown goes inside the lives and training camp Legendary middleweight Anderson Silva as he prepares to return to form against Derek Brunson at UFC 208. read news >>

Derek Brunson Says Anderson Silva's Losses are Due to 'Unfortunate Events' | MMAWeekly.com

  • 11 days ago
  • 11 views

Middleweight contender Derek Brunson faces former champion Anderson Silva in the UFC 208 co-main event with hopes that a win will put him back into title talk. read news >>