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Anderson Silva does not think he could beat Jon Jones

Anderson Silva Jon Jones

Anderson Silva and Jon Jones are widely considered to be the top two pound-for-pound fighters in MMA. They have each expressed reluctance to fight one another despite calls for them to meet.

Jones, a light heavyweight who may eventually move up to heavyweight, has said he will not move down in weight. He also said he and Silva have too much to lose by fighting each other. Silva has waffled on whether he would be open to facing Jones, and now we know the reason for his hesitance: he does not think he would beat Jones.

“Jon Jones, in his class, is the best,” Silva told MMA Fighting’s Dave Doyle at a media luncheon on Monday. “If I fight Jon Jones, I’m don’t think I’m going to win.”

Silva told Doyle that he sees a lot of his younger self in Jones.

“He’s large. He’s young. But, in the fight, I see in Jon Jones, I see myself from a long time ago. He’s very smart.”

Silva also told Doyle that the only advantage he would give himself in a fight with Jones is experience.

Jones heard about Silva’s comments and responded over Twitter.

For all we know, Silva could have just been messing with Doyle, but I tend to think he was sharing his true thoughts on the fight. Jones is very similar to Silva. He is every bit as devastating, only he is younger, bigger, and stronger than the Spider. I probably wouldn’t be too interested in fighting Jones if I were him, either. GSP, though, is a much different story.

Is Anderson Silva injured? His camp and Dana White say no

Anderson SilvaAnderson Silva might have some injury concerns heading into his fight with Chris Weidman at UFC 162 in Las Vegas.

Luis Prota of Esporte Interativo in Brazil reported that Silva may have a fractured rib that could put his status for the upcoming fight in jeopardy. The questions about Silva’s status may be slightly overblown, but Prota says a source at a clinic told him Silva came in to get X-rays on the rib.

According to MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani, any reports about Silva not being able to compete at UFC 162 are inaccurate. Helwani reports that Silva’s camp says the fighter is totally fine and never suffered any rib injuries. Helwani also says UFC boss Dana White denies the report.

I’m guessing most of the excitement over this report came from the speculation that Silva could miss the event. That really seemed to be overblown. It seems like the only issue here is that Silva may just have a rib injury to watch out for heading into the fight. But this really is nothing new — most fighters have injuries entering their fights because of grueling training camps. The difference is we usually don’t find out about the injury until after the fight, if at all.

Weidman may now have a secret about what to target on Silva’s body in their fight. The real challenge, though, will be trying to actually catch The Spider.

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GSP denies report that he wants $50 million to fight Anderson Silva

Georges St-Pierre is denying a report that says he wants $50 million to fight Anderson Silva.

Last week MMA reporter Mike Straka said on “The MMA Beat” that he heard St-Pierre wanted $50 million to fight Silva because he felt he needed a huge monetary guarantee to face such a dangerous opponent.

GSP said on Sunday that he had not heard about the report, and that it’s false.

“I have not been informed of this, it is not true,” St-Pierre said in French (translation provided by Google). “Nobody told me about it and I am in France now, I have not seen the article (Mike Straka). I will not comment.”

We chose not to share the original report from Straka because it seemed loosely sourced and we did not find it credible. St-Pierre is one of the highest-compensated fighters in the UFC (probably the highest), so it would not be surprising to hear him demand around $15 million for a fight of this caliber, but there is no way he would be demanding more than what Floyd Mayweather makes in a fight. That just doesn’t seem right.

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GSP: Anderson Silva fight will happen when I want it to

Those who were hoping to see Georges St-Pierre and Anderson Silva fight next year will likely be left disappointed.

UFC president Dana White said in September that a GSP-Anderson Silva superfight was close to happening, and likely to take place at Cowboys Stadium. While Silva is busy filming his first movie, GSP is coming off a win over Carlos Condit that was supposed to be the precursor to the superfight. St-Pierre says that fight isn’t as close to happening as many thought.

During an interview with Radio-Canada’s “Tout Le Monde en Parle” on Sunday night, GSP said a fight with Silva would happen on his terms. Here’s a translation of what he said via MMA Fighting.

“He wants to fight me so he can then retire. I would like to fight him too, but after I fight him and win the fight, what happens next? These days, yeah, there’s a lot of money to be made, but I don’t fight for the money. My motivation is to be the best. Like we said, to be the Wayne Gretzky of my sport. So if I fight him, what happens next? It will be over. So yes, I want the fight, but I want to take it when I decide the time is right, not when he wants the fight to happen.

“On top of that, he weighs 234 pounds; I weigh 188. So there’s a big weight difference. I’ve fought guys who were bigger — I’m not scared of him — it’s just that I will take this fight when it makes sense for me. I just came back from an injury, there’s money to be made, there are fights in my weight class, other challenges out there, and if I fight him, I will have to gain weight, while he will have to lose weight, and then afterwards, I won’t be able to come back to my weight class.

“First and foremost, I have things to do at 170 pounds. When I am ready and when I want the fight, that’s when it will happen.”

The thoughts from GSP come as no surprise. In March 2011, he expressed reluctance about stepping up in weight to face Silva, citing the exact same reasons. However, unless St-Pierre is talking about fighting Nick Diaz who has been calling him out, then I’m not sure what he has left to prove at his weight.

Anderson Silva to star in Steven Seagal police movie

Anderson Silva is the latest MMA fighter who will try his hand at acting.

The Brazilian UFC middleweight champion will star in a police movie with his friend Steven Seagal. Seagal is a mixed martial arts instructor who turned into a notable action movie actor. Seagal has actually helped train Silva in past fights.

According to Fighters Only, Silva revealed to Estadao that he received the first draft of the script this week. The movie is supposed to be an action-packed police story.

“I will make a lot of fight scenes and this is also the first time I will act,” Silva tells Estadão (per Fighters Only). “I received a long plot and I will have the opportunity of putting in practice what I have been studying for some time.”

Silva, who beat Stephan Bonnar in October to improve to 33-4, sounds pretty serious about performing well as an actor.

“I don’t want to be seen as somebody who caught the role because I am on the media and to be a fighter. Of course it is difficult, I am not Lorenzo Lamas, but I want to do it well done to the people see that I am a good actor.”

Silva reportedly will begin filming in the US in December.

Randy Couture, Rampage Jackson, Cung Le, and Gina Carano are among the MMA fighters who have gotten into acting. Even Ronda Rousey has said she would be interested in a movie career. It seems like the two just go together.

With Silva’s impressive speed and fighting skills, one has to imagine the action in the movie will be great. His acting may be another story.

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Anderson Silva open to fighting Jon Jones?

Anderson Silva and Jon Jones have maintained for quite some time that they’re not interested in fighting each other. Jones has said he doesn’t want to face Silva because he has too much to lose. Silva has expressed similar thought. Another issue is that neither fighter wants to change weight classes; Silva fights at 185 and Jones is 205.

But after UFC President Dana White talked about offering them so much money they wouldn’t be able to turn down the fight, Silva suddenly seemed open to the possibility.

According to Bloody Elbow, Silva told Brazilian TV network SporTV that he would be open to the fight. Here’s what he said courtesy of a Bloody Elbow translation:

“People are talking about that so much that… I don’t have this ambition, this (fight) doesn’t motivate me, especially since they have other athletes in my team, such as Lil’ Nog, Maldonado, Feijao, Caldeirao (Wagner Prado), that are in his weight class. My weight class is 185, my belt is of that weight class. But people are talking so much about this, and we are employees of the UFC. Of course, I could be saying that I don’t want it, but what if he goes out and accepts the money Dana is proposing for him to fight? It will be hard (not to accept it). It’s not the money that motivates me to fight, I fight because I like it. So, I don’t know. I wouldn’t like (to fight him). But if it’s going to happen, it would have to be at a catchweight. The belt shouldn’t be at play. I already have mine and I don’t want a belt to be left at the side.”

Silva saying that a potential fight would have to be at a catchweight is a big difference from the firm denials he gave in the past. Jones has an upcoming fight with Chael Sonnen in April, and Silva may be facing Georges St-Pierre next. Could Jones and Silva fight after that? It certainly seems like a possibility.

Anderson Silva vs. GSP fight seems likely

After Anderson Silva beat Stephen Bonnar at UFC 153 over the weekend, the cries for the Spider to face Jon Jones grew. UFC President Dana White even talked about locking the two men in the room and getting them to agree to fight, despite each of their reluctance to face one another. But now that we know Jon Jones’ next fight will be against Chael Sonnen in April, we can forget about Silva vs. Jones next.

Instead, what we’re likely to see for Silva’s next fight is a superfight with Georges St-Pierre.

GSP is set to face Carlos Condit at UFC 154 on Nov. 17 in Montreal. Should he win that fight — which is no guarantee — a match with Silva seems likely.

White said in September that if the two were to fight, it would be at a catch weight and likely to take place at Cowboys Stadium. Silva indicated over the weekend that he’d be interested in facing St-Pierre.

“I think it’d be a great challenge for me,” Silva said, per MMA Fighting. “I prefer him over Jon Jones. He’s smaller. It’ll be a little bit easier. I’ll be hit less.”

This is pure speculation based on the information that’s available, but it seems that fight would be likely as long as GSP wins. If he loses, then your best guess is as good as mine.