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Resistant Jones admits Anderson Silva fight 'can happen'

ESPN staff
October 29, 2012 « Lambert heading for meeting with Lerner | Chartbeat test »

Jon Jones has nudged the window of opportunity open a little further by revealing a UFC superfight with Anderson Silva "can happen".

Jones and Silva are the two most dominant champions currently active in the UFC. Georges St-Pierre's unbeaten streak stretches back longer than Jones but the Canadian has not fought for 19 months.

As kings of the light-heavyweight and middleweight divisions, Jones and Silva would put on arguably the biggest fight in the sport's history if they were to collide, but have mostly been resistant to the scenario.

However, UFC president Dana White recently claimed he could offer the pair enough money to change their minds, and then Silva revealed he would be open to a catchweight encounter with no title on the line.

Now Jones, who is set for a TUF coaching rivalry with Chael Sonnen, has confessed for the first time that the superfight could take place, although he would rather it did not.

"I respect [Silva] a lot," Jones said to Brazilian media outlet Correio Braziliense. "As I said several times, I do not want to be the guy who beat Anderson, and do not want to be the guy who lost to him.

"Anderson is a great champion, I'm a great champion. I don't know. I don't know.

"I'm not saying that the fight will not happen. It can happen. But it's not something I'm chasing. I don't believe that I need to fight with Anderson to be the best in the world."

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