Jon Jones and Anderson Silva are widely considered the two best fighters in the world, but their chances of squaring off are pretty slim. Aside from being in different weight classes, Jones said he has no aspirations of taking on “the Spider” and would prefer to learn from him than face him inside the cage.
“I respect and look up to him (Silva) so much,” explained Jones. “For me, the ideal scenario would be having him as my mentor and learn with him after he retires. It would be great for me. That would be ideal, but the world wants to see us fighting.”
Silva has cemented himself as the best pound for pound fighter in MMA with twelve consecutive belt defenses in the middleweight division. At twenty-four years of age, Jones can only hope to do the same in the heavyweight division but with impressive defenses against Lyoto Machida and Quinton Jackson, he certainly is on his way.
When asked about Silva’s position at the top of the world rankings, Jones was quick to give respect to the all-time great.
“Yeah, for sure. This is indisputable. Just look at his numbers, he is phenomenal. I’m a huge fan of Anderson. Everything he does is phenomenal, the way he behaves, as a fight, the techniques he uses, the way he moves,” said Jones.
With Silva closing in on thirty-seven and Jones considering an eventual move up to heavyweight, it is unlikely these two will ever meet inside the Octagon. For now, fans can only hope.