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Source: UFC talking to Anderson Silva about more than one superfight

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UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has two bouts left on his existing UFC contract, and both could be superfights. [Tom Szczerbowski/US Presswire]

Three weeks ago, Georges St-Pierre returned from a 19-month absence and showed himself to be fully recovered from knee surgery with a gritty victory over Carlos Condit. Anderson Silva was cageside in Montreal that night to watch it all unfold … and to let it be known that he was interested in fighting the UFC welterweight champion.

Prior to that, however, when there was talk of the middleweight king taking on another belt holder, the speculation usually centered on the possibility of Silva stepping into the cage with light heavyweight champ Jon Jones.

So which superfight are we going to see?

Well, how about both?

A reliable source has told SI.com that Silva had a meeting scheduled with UFC president Dana White on Wednesday night to discuss superfights. Yes, that’s superfights, plural.

Silva’s manager, Ed Soares, confirmed that a meeting took place but would not say what was discussed. He would only reveal that “Anderson got a beautiful Bentley.”

That’s the same make of vehicle that was driven by Jones before the then-24-year-old wrecked it in a drunken crash in May.

Jones and Silva have said they would not fight, citing their friendship as well as concerns that they would be putting their legacies and endorsement deals at risk. But White has talked of staging a superfight in 100,000-seat Cowboys Stadium outside Dallas, which would make the bout a huge moneymaker for the UFC, with appropriately hefty fighter purses.

Might the gift of a Bentley be the first step in paving the way for the superfight of all superfights, with the UFC ensuring that Silva and family keep up with the Joneses?

– Jeff Wagenheim

  • Published On Dec 06, 2012
  • 6 comments
    Nahzuul
    Nahzuul

     @OK , That is a curious bit of circular logic. Silva hasn't shown a hint of slowing down and Jones has proven that he deserves world champion status. It's not like Silva is 50 and Jones is 17. Age is not a factor. 

    OK
    OK

    Anderson Silva is 37 and will be 38 in April of 2013. Jon Jones is 25 and won't be 26 until July of next year. Georges St-Pierre is 31 and will be 32 in May.

     

    Silva v. St.-Pierre would be a good fight for reasons of age and like experience in the octagon.

     

    But Silva, at 38, fighting Jones at 25 or 26 would not. If Jones wins, it's the up-and-comer beating the grand ole' champ who fought one too many. If Silva wins, it's the wily ole' veteran beating the youngster who needs more experience.

     

    Were Silva five years younger, then you'd have a megafight. Otherwise, you've got a promotion and little else.

    Richard B
    Richard B

     @OK

     There's never been a fighter like Silva and never been a fighter like Jones. You have much more than just "little else".

    A.F.Davis
    A.F.Davis

    One more note, if they happen, Silva beats GSP and Jones beats Silva, who knows how they each would win.  Your guess is as good as mine.

    A.F.Davis
    A.F.Davis

    I think it should beat incentive for Silva, if he can manage to beat GSP, then he is deserving of a HUGE payday in the fight with Bones Jones.  Jones vs. Silva would have bigger PPV and Ticket sales than Silva vs. GSP.  

     

    Both fights would be great, if they could get just one of these superfights, they would accomplish something that its competitors in boxing haven't done in a long while!

     

    Jones vs. Silva, would go down as the greatest bout in MMA history! 

     

    I hope this actually happens and doesn't become MMA's Pacquiao vs. Mayweather.

    abigchocoholic
    abigchocoholic

    Funny. 

     

    "No, no we don' want to fight each other because we're friends and one of us will lose which means losing icon status and corresponding endorsements and, again, we're good friends, friends don't fight ......er, what's that you said?  There will be so much prize money it will dwarf all other deals?  Ok. Forget what I just said.  Schedule as many super fights as you can get me."

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