Jones would have to soul-search for Silva

April, 19, 2011
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Mindenhall By Chuck Mindenhall
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Recently Anderson Silva commented that he wouldn’t fight Jon Jones, citing a lack of interest in jumping weight classes and a standing friendship as the reasons.

Well, with an eight-fight contract with the UFC, Jones said a couple of days prior to Silva's declaration that he could foresee a time when a super-fight might become inevitable, even if both sides are reluctant.



“Because I look up to Anderson so much, I don’t look at myself as the guy to fight him right now,” Jones recently told ESPN.com. “Anderson’s one of the guys right now I look at his way of being to like Bruce Lee. I would need to do some serious soul-searching to know that I’d beat Anderson Silva’s [butt]. I think I have the capabilities of doing it. But I truly admire Anderson Silva.”

The mutual feeling of respect that Jones has for Silva has developed over the last couple of years as the two have gotten to know one another. Jones says right now he is in the process of learning to fight more like Anderson Silva rather than against him.

“My goal is to reach a level of comfort in the Octagon where you don’t even process your thoughts,” Jones said. “You just move as your body thinks it. That’s what I’m looking for is that level of comfort, that level of cool. That’s what I’m trying to get. I think Anderson’s close to that. That’s what I want.”

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