MANILA, Philippines – Mixed martial arts fans wouldn’t see a dream fight between top pound-for-pound MMA fighters Anderson Silva and Jon “Bones” Jones anytime soon. Not in the future. Not ever.
According to sports analyst Kevin Iole, the proposed fight between Ultimate Fighting Championship’s (UFC) top two stars will suffer the same fate as the supposed mega fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
“The Jones-Silva saga could devolve into MMA's version of Mayweather-Pacquiao very quickly,” Iole said in his blog.
UFC president Dana White has repeatedly been suggesting an intriguing match up between Silva against Jones, despite the two fighting at separate weight classes.
Silva is the long reigning UFC middleweight champion, while Jones is the light heavyweight title holder.
But at 6-foot-2, the Brazil native Silva has a physique and fighting style similar to the 6-foot-4 Jones.
Silva, however, quashed the possibility of fighting in the 205-division following his recent technical knockout win against light heavyweight Stephan Bonnar.
"No," he said, "I am not going to fight at 205 again."
Iole believes Silva seemed wary of the younger Jones.
“How could anyone care whether Silva fights welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre when Silva is so obviously running from light heavyweight champion Jon Jones?” said the fight analyst.