MANILA, Philippines – Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight king Anderson “The Spider” Silva of Brazil ruled out a move to the light heavyweight division, ending any hopes of a potential super-fight against fellow champion Jon “Bones” Jones.
In an interview with ESPN UK, Silva said he has never wanted to move up in weight.
“There’s always been a lot of talk about me moving up to 205 (light heavyweight). I know (UFC president) Dana White has talked about it, and all the fans have talked about me moving up and facing Jon Jones,” Silva said.
“But it’s something I’ve never wanted,” he added.
Silva explained that there are members of his teams who are in the light heavyweight division, whom he believes “could potentially face Jon Jones in the future.”
Silva and Jones have maintained that they don’t want to fight each other, citing mutual respect.
Moreover, the Brazilian legend is determined to keep defending his belt at the middleweight division.
“What got me this far is that I’m grounded. My weight class is 185 (pounds), and I’m 37 years old. I feel I need to be honest and continue to build what I’ve built and that is to keep defending my belt at 185,” Silva said.
Silva is undefeated in the UFC with a 15-0 record, including a record 10 straight title defenses. White has called him “the greatest mixed martial artist ever.”