On Monday, the UFC assembled its biggest stars for a red carpet event in Las Vegas meant to build up hype for the coming year, and while the organization did reveal a robust schedule of events for 2015, Dana White was forced to admit that the most thrilling announcement of all wasn’t forthcoming because “the deal didn’t get done in time.” But aside from whatever pomp and circumstance the UFC orchestrated for the media event, the day afforded one of the promotion’s champs to release a long-held dream.

Yeah, I’m talking about Jon Jones getting to fight Anderson Silva.

Okay, all they really did was spar – which, given their weight disparity and the two very different places they are in their respective careers, is about as good as it’s gonna get.

Below are pics and clips plucked from Jones’ Instagram account. They give you a pretty good feel of what went on during that unique day.

A little peek of us warming up

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Just finished a two hour sparring session with the #goat @spideranderson

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Don’t be scared Homie

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Caption the thoughts of people in this photo

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#1P4P @Thenotoriousmma

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