The UFC must make this fight happen
After watching Anderson Silva dispose of Chael Sonnen Saturday night at UFC 148, the immediate thought was who's next for the current UFC middleweight champion? Silva, now unbeaten is his last 16 fights, has just dominated his division for over 6 years. He has even gone up in weight and is 2-0 as a light heavyweight.
In the past there have been discussions of Silva fighting George St. Pierre. GSP was going to come up in weight and challenge Silva. That has yet to happen and now seems more unlikely than ever. With the fast climb to the top of Jon Jones in the light heavyweight division, there has been speculation of a super fight between Jones and Silva.
The only problem is it doesn't seem either guy is interested in the fight. First and foremost, Jones is scheduled to fight MMA legend Dan Henderson at UFC 151 on September 1st. Should Jones get past that challenge, it would essentially put Jones in the same boat as Silva--with both having cleaned out their respective divisions.
Now I have read that Jon Jones doesn't want to fight Silva based on the fact that someone is likely to lose (draw could happen) and it would put a dent in their record. While that being true, I just can't fathom how a fighter wouldn't want to test themselves to see if they are in fact the best fighter. Isn't that the whole point of competition? They could even fight at a catch weight with no title on the line.
The one thing UFC doesn't have that Pride did was the open weight grand prix tournament. In that tournament you would see fighters of multiple weight classes competing to see who is the best. In this case the weight disparity isn't much at all. Jon Jones walks around at 220 lbs and Anderson Silva does the same. Silva cuts a ridiculous amount of weight just to make 185 lbs.
This is just for the fans to enjoy and it seems fighters don't get that. No legacy would be tainted if either guy lost. As dominant as Anderson Silva has been for the past 6 years, Jon Jones is 13 years his junior and if he won, I'd just chalk it up to him being faster at his age, especially if he won via stand-up. We just want to see what happens when these two great fighters get in the cage.
It would be a crime if this fight never happens. Now while Anderson Silva at 37 has clearly lost a step, we don't want to see this fight happen when he's lost more than that. Should Jones defeat Henderson, I propose Anderson Silva fight Jon Jones at UFC 155 at the end of December. Jones would have plenty of time to recover from the Henderson fight, and Silva would get some extra time off.
And I'm sorry for those who feel guys like Mark Munoz, Chris Weidman, Michael Bisping or Hector Lombard would give Anderson Silva a good fight--been there done that. Let those guys determine who is the legit #1 contender and then if Anderson doesn't retire, one of those guys can fight him in April.
The UFC cannot allow this opportunity to pass them by. There is too much money to be made with this fight. I recall a rumor of the fight being held at Cowboys Stadium. You can only imagine what that scene would look like. Records would be broken on every level. Make this fight happen!!!!!