Dana White: Jon Jones vs. Anderson Silva Will 'Absolutely' Happen
It seems the biggest super-fight in the UFC is a sure thing, no matter what happens. During a UFC live chat posted by Metro PCS via Ustream, UFC president Dana White reconfirmed that light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and middleweight champion Anderson Silva would indeed face each other in the Octagon. While answering a question from UFC fan Herb Fu, White reasserted his promise:
I said it in Brazil and I'll say it again: Hell yes, they will. I guarantee you that fight will absolutely happen.
White's statement mirrored an earlier declaration that he made during the UFC 153 post-fight press conference, when he stated that the profits made off a Jones vs. Silva main event would certainly entice both men. White made the claim while standing right next to a visibly dissonant Silva.
''I know this, the Georges St-Pierre [vs. Anderson Silva] fight is a big fight. I think the Jon Jones fight is a big fight. And I know my man says, 'no, no, no,' but the amount of money that would be offered for that fight, I guarantee you, I will make Anderson Silva say, ‘yes, yes, yes.'
Jones and Silva are widely considered to top two pound-for-pound mixed martial artists in the world, with the latter riding a record 16-fight winning streak in the UFC and 10 successful defenses of the promotion's middleweight championship.
MMA Fighting recently reported via Brazilian outlet Correio Braziliense that Jones admitted he didn't want to be the guy who beat Anderson and further stated that he didn't need to beat Silva to be the world's best MMA fighter.