Soares Shoots Down Jones-Silva Fight

By Carlos Arias Aug 2, 2012



While the UFC tries to sort out the next challenger for the UFC light-heavyweight championship at UFC on Fox 4 on Saturday at Staples Center, one potential super fight appears to be staring all MMA fans in the face: UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones vs. UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.

Jones has already destroyed Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Brandon Vera, Lyoto Machida and Ryan Bader, who will all be competing at UFC on Fox 4 to become the No. 1 contender at 205 pounds. Silva has made 10 successful title defenses at 185 pounds since winning the title in 2006. A super fight between Jones and Silva at a catch-weight would seem to be a natural, right? Silva’s manager, Ed Soares, shot down that idea at the UFC on Fox 4 open workouts on Wednesday at the JW Marriott hotel in downtown L.A.

“I mean, it makes sense yes and no in a way,” Soares said. “Anderson is fighting a much younger guy, a much bigger guy and Jon Jones is going to be fighting a smaller guy who technically could be better than him. I can see why each guy wouldn’t want to fight. What’s the upside?”

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