Anderson Silva Says He Won't Fight Jon Jones, Thinks Chael Sonnen Is Bad For The Sport

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It is no secret that Anderson Silva's days in MMA are numbered. He is getting older and we hear chatter from him and his camp constantly that he'll be out of the sport in a handful of fights. Anderson has been on the shelf since his dominating August victory over Yushin Okami but is supposed to face long-time rival Chael Sonnen after Sonnen's win over Michael Bisping at UFC on Fox 2.

In a recent interview with UOL Esportes, Silva talked about Sonnen and many other topics (transcription by Orcus).

On Sonnen:

A lot of people who hears the crap he says end up thinking; "I don't like MMA, it's a joke." What he does only hurts the sport in general. That's never good. We are in a good phase with MMA and we have to capitalize on it. It looks like Chael doesn't understand that, all he wants is for people to get angry.

On getting older:

I’m no longer the same, everything hurts and it takes much longer for me to recover (from injuries).

More after the jump including Silva discussing a desire to fight GSP and never wanting to fight Jon Jones...

On a potential superfight with Georges St. Pierre:

GSP is very educated and I like him a lot. A fight against him would be very, very, very big and this could actually happen.

On fighting Jon Jones:

I don't plan on moving up in weight anymore. He's in a different weight (class). I train with bigger guys, such as Lyoto Machida and Big Nog and I know how complicated it is. ...Every time I see Jones I tell him to keep focus, because if he does that, there's no opponent for him. He's better than everyone. He'd have a lot of advantages (over me), he's much younger and it wouldn't be something interesting (for me).

I can't blame Silva for not wanting to go up and fight a huge, young light heavyweight when he already feels he is getting older. It's not exactly a good career choice for him to make as he heads down the final stretch. The much safer option for a superfight is obviously St. Pierre.

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