UFC 159 ended with Jon Jones once again proving to be not just a champion, but one of the greatest the sport has ever seen. So much in fact that his defeated opponent Chael Sonnen was quick to say during the post-fight press conference that he was the greatest challenger he’s ever fought, including middleweight champ Anderson Silva. “I beat Anderson Silva for 30 minutes, Anderson beat me 30 seconds. Jones beat me for a full one-sided round.” The compliments didn’t last long however, as a question towards Chael provoked super-fight talks.
“People are out there talking about Anderson and Jon, these guys should be calling Dana right now begging to fight each
other” said Sonnen.” And it’s not going to go that way. You know you got these two guys and they’re great, but they’re a couple of chickens. They should be calling each other out. They should grab the mic and say ‘I want to fight that guy. I don’t want the debate, I want to get this figured out. Dana, give me a date, give me a time.’ And it won’t happen that way. Dana’s going to have to call these guys and then they’re going to have to dangle a carrot, then they’re going to have to negotiate. We’re in the fight business. If you don’t want to fight, don’t raise your hand.”
White quickly retorts:
“That actually did happen tonight. Anderson called and he wants a fight tonight, so. It did happen. Anderson called tonight and Anderson called and I’m not going to tell you which one it is (between Jones and Georges St. Pierre) but I’m going to get to work on it as soon as possible.”
Don’t get too excited about the comments from Silva yet. Both men are not in position to sign a bout agreement with “The Spider.” For St-Pierre, he recently clarified that he is a small welterweight and would be greatly outsized. He has since verbally agreed to defend his title against Hendricks in August. For Jones it is a matter of his desire to break the record for longest running light heavyweight champ (currently held by Tito Ortiz). One more will do the trick, and from there he has talked of moving up to heavyweight to challenge himself. Don’t forget the fact that Silva also has Chris Weidman lined-up for July 6, which he would need to get past, before any talks of a super-fight can continue.