Silva vs Jones More Likely at 190lbs
Middleweight king Anderson Silva has expressed little if any interest in fighting light heavyweight champion Jon Jones at any point in the future. A plausible reason for this is the fact that Anderson would most likely have to move up to Jones' weight class, where he cannot fight with the same ability as he can at 185 lbs.
But would Silva's opinion of this superfight change if he only had to put on, say...5 extra pounds instead?
Silva's agent, Jorge Guimaraes, recently spoke to Globo.com's SporTV about the idea of making a fight between Silva and Jones a catchweight bout, and how the chances of this type of match happening are a lot greater than those of a light heavyweight showdown between the two superstars.
Guimaraes proposed that the competitors would meet (somewhat) in the middle at approximately 190 lbs, which would sort of level the playing field because Jones and Silva would both be fighting at a weight they are equally unfamiliar with. Neither of the two have ever fought at 190 lbs. before but Jones would obviously have to alter his weight more significantly than Silva for the fight.
Here is a brief report of what Guimaraes told SporTV (via MMAmania.com) about the likelihood of a catchweight fight between Anderson Silva and Jon Jones.
Jorge Guimarães 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).
The only problem is Jon Jones, the man many believe should be fighting at heavyweight, probably could not naturally cut to 190. It's a bit scary to think about how unhealthily slim Jones would look at this weight.
Because Silva would have to gain less weight than Jones would have to lose, this proposal is still not 100% fair for "Bones." Jones could, however, ask for a compromise at 195 lbs. Silva gains 10, Jones loses 1o. Seems like the best possible offer for both parties, right?
We'll see how Jones responds in this epic quest to find out which of the two is truly the greatest UFC fighter of all time.