UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has fought and beaten some the best the UFC has to offer, including opponents that fight a weight class above him. The unprecedented streak of 16 consecutive wins in the Octagon would leave one to assume that the 185-pound champ is confident he can beat anyone.
That all changed on Monday
While doing a press tour in Southern California, Silva told reporters that he feels he would lose a superfight against light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.
“If I fight Jon Jones, I don’t think I’m going to win,” Silva said during a media luncheon.
A match-up between Silva and Jones has been thrown around as a possibility for several months, and UFC President Dana White has leaned towards making the match happen if Silva tops Chris Weidman this Saturday at UFC 162.
With a 33-4 record, Silva has all the experience over Jones (18-1), but the middleweight champ said that’s the only thing he has on the 25-year-old fighter.
“In my opinion, Spider has more experience than Jon Jones,” he said, “but that’s the only advantage.”
Silva added that he sees a lot of himself in the young light heavyweight, commenting that Jones is different and smart when he fights. Jones is the type of fighter that Silva was “a long time ago,” he said.
What do say, GRACIEMAG readers? Does Jones beat Silva in a superfight or is this all just a ploy from the Spider? Let us know in the comment section.