No One Wants UFC Champ Jon Jones, Not Anderson Silva, Not Phil Davis

Photo by Ken Pishna for MMA Weekly.

After Jon Jones' dramatic win over Mauricio Rua, the UFC is lucky that Rashad Evans had already decided he was willing to fight Jon Jones because no one else seems interested.

Not UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva who happily jumped up to light heavyweight to fight Forrest Griffin and James Irvin just a few years back. Silva told Dana White he is done with the division, per MMA Weekly:

"Anderson Silva has made it very clear to me that he does not want to fight at 205 pounds," White stated following UFC 128.
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"Originally, when I was always talking about him trying to go for another belt at 205 pounds, and he stuck his big toe in it a couple times, I think because I was pushing the issue. He's made it very clear he doesn't want to fight at 205," White stated.

And red hot light heavyweight contender Phil Davis tells the MMA Hour he's focused on Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC Fight Night 24:

"I don't really think so much about fighting guys until I'm scheduled to fight them," Davis said on Monday's episode of The MMA Hour. "Right now, I'm thinking about Little Nogueira and after I fight Little Nogueira then I'll see who I'm scheduled to fight next. That's really how I take it. I don't worry about ... I just really don't get into it. There's no reason to assume you are going to fight someone. You know, it kind of starts that feeling of awkwardness, if you do, when you see that person. I just fight whoever I have to fight. That's it."
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"It's good that they are looking at me. I appreciate that. That's great. I mean, one day I would love to fight for the belt. I just need to get there."

Davis is doing the right thing here. He's a relatively green fighter heading into the biggest fight of his career against a very dangerous veteran. This is not the time to get ahead of himself. 

But if fighters are reluctant to call out Jones, it's with good reason. His Muay Thai trainer Phil Nurse spoke to Mike Chiappetta about Jones and his potential:

Nurse never had a thought about changing Jones' willingness to take risks, he simply wanted to teach Jones how to set up those strikes better, make them even more predictable and effective.

"He needed to learn to do things at the right time," Nurse told MMA Fighting. "The things he was doing, he was doing to show he could. It's great, but there's a time to do it when it's going to be a definite hit, or more likely to hit, instead of just looking good. He totally got it, and that's when he started sponging, soaking it up."
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"He still has a medium stage to go through and advanced stage to go through," Nurse said. "That's what people have to be ready for. The things that you see in movies, those are the things he's going to pull off."

Jones at 23 is still growing into his body. Light heavyweights should take solace in the very high likelihood that as Jones' immense frame fills out he'll have to move up to heavyweight where he'll be someone else's problem.

UFC Fight Night 24: Nogueira vs. Davis coverage

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