UFC President Dana White made sure to stop all talk of him putting together a fight between UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva before rumors started flying at the post-fight press conference for UFC 135 Saturday night.
Jones, who made his first title defense by submitting Quinton “Rampage” Jackson via fourth round rear-naked choke, is scheduled to face Rashad Evans in his next bout. Plus, with the addition of Dan Henderson back into the UFC, and contenders such as former champions Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Lyoto Machida to contend with, Jones has plenty of opponents to face.
“The problem is this (light heavyweight) division is stacked,” White said. “He has a lot of fights ahead of him. The guys who have been fighting at 205 have those slots and they deserve the respect of a title fight before any superfight. And, a lot of people don’t really think about this, (Silva) is 37 years old.”
White has talked about putting Georges St-Pierre and Silva in a bout, but the difference is GSP has defended his title several times compared to the one successful defense by Jones.
The UFC President did make mention of “Bones” maybe moving to the heavyweight division if he cleans out 205 and puts on enough weight to compete against the bigger guys.