Wanderlei Silva has seen some of the best MMA fighters in the last 10-plus years come and go, and “The Axe Murderer” knows just the man to defeat the seemingly unstoppable force that is Jon Jones. “Bones” is the current UFC light heavyweight champion, and is coming off a year in which he defeated three former UFC champs.
Silva, in an interview with Sherdog.com recently, pegged one of those ex-champs as the man to defeat Jones in Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Jones took the title off of Rua back in March via third round TKO.
“‘Shogun’ is the most talented guy I’ve ever seen,” Silva said. “I was watching video of the Pride ‘Shogun’ and saw a strong ‘Shogun.’ Under these conditions, he can defeat Jones. He’s the guy to beat the champion, but he has to be 100 percent.”
When Rua defended his title against Jones, he was coming off an extended layoff and looked rusty from the opening bell. “Shogun” has since went 1-1, defeating Forrest Griffin and falling to Dan Henderson by decision.