UFC super fight shuffle: Jones vs Silva 'for sure', GSP vs Silva seems unlikely

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The latest comments from the UFC's Light Heavyweight champ and its president make it look like a superfight between Anderson Silva and Jon Jones is far more likely than a superfight between Silva and Georges St. Pierre.

It's no secret that the UFC brass is very very eager for a "super fight" or two pitting their most popular champions against each other in inter-weight class bouts. For the better part of the last year UFC president Dana White has been teasing fans with the prospect of Welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre taking on Middleweight champ Anderson Silva and to a lesser extent Silva vs. Light Heavyweight champ Jon Jones.

Clearly the thinking was that Silva would beat GSP and then move up to take on Jones.

Currently it looks like St. Pierre doesn't want to be involved. His comments during his Monday appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience would seem to put that fight on the very edge of the possible. GSP continues to insist that Silva cut down to the 170lb Welterweight limit and expresses no interest in moving up to the 185lb Middleweight line.

But GSP is also acting very diffident towards facing Johny Hendricks, the #1 contender in his own division. He told Rogan he'd wait and see what happens at the July 6 UFC 162 MW title fight between Silva and the dangerous Chris Weidman.

Dana might be tiring of GSP's dilettante act.

At yesterday's media scrum he told assembled reporters it was time for GSP to get serious about Hendricks, "he's going to have to get his head into it. That's who he's going to fight. If he doesn't want to do a superfight, nobody's going to pressure him to do a superfight. That's up to him. But Johny Hendricks is next - and soon. He's next and soon. Soon, soon. Maybe in August."

Frustrated fans can take some comfort from Jon Jones' latest comments on the matter however. During a radio interview with 99.3 The Fox's Jeff O'Neil Show in Vancouver, Canada, Jones made his most positive comments ever about facing Silva.

"Yeah definitely, there will be a time, there will come a time. One day, I said it first here. Normally I beat around the bush, but it's going to happen for sure," said Jones.

Jones faces Chael Sonnen at UFC 159 tomorrow night.

SBN coverage of UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen


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