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Jon Jones Not Interested in Silva Fight, Eyes Move to Heavyweight in 2013

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones recently spoke to Sensei SporTV about multiple topics. When asked about a possible fight with UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, Jones made it pretty clear that he would rather not fight the Brazilian star.

Jones also indicated that if he were to get past Rashad Evans, Dan Henderson, and possibly Alexander Gustafsson, he would be interested in a move to heavyweight.

On fighting Anderson Silva:

“I respect and admire Anderson. For me, the ideal situation is to have him as my mentor and learn from him after he retires. It would be great for me. He could teach me to move my body in different ways. That would be ideal. But the world wants to see us fight. Maybe [Silva] does, maybe not.”

On Silva being the best pound for pound fighter:

“Yeah, for sure. This is indisputable. Just look at his numbers, he is phenomenal. I’m a huge fan of Anderson. All he does is phenomenal, the way he behaves, as a fighter, the techniques he uses, the way he moves.”

On a possible heavyweight move:

“I talked to Dana White about fighting at heavyweight in 2012. He said he did not think a good idea at the time. He wants me to focus on light heavyweight to be a dominant champion. But after 2012, after Dan Henderson and Rashad, who knows Alexander Gustafsson, I do not see what to do in that weight class, no disrespect to anyone. Maybe I will fight as a heavyweight in 2013. Who knows?”

Jones is currently scheduled to defend his title against Rashad Evans at UFC 145 in Atlanta, GA on April 21.


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