Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Anderson Silva thinks Jon Jones is "amazing" and believes he'll be UFC Champ for a long time

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

One fight that has been heavily discussed since Jon Jones captured the Light Heavyweight Championship on Saturday night is a potential bout between him and UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva.

While there's no clear interest from either fighter about that particular fight at the moment, Silva has given some thoughts about the new Light Heavyweight Champ in an interview with ULTMMA.

"Tonight, Jon Jones... I don't know, amazing," Silva commented. "This is new for Jon Jones. This can continue for Jon Jones.. in more fights, more experience, techniques."

"My opinion of Jon Jones? [He'll be] champion for a long time"

Asked about whether he'd move up to light heavyweight again, Silva was non-commital, but made it clear he's just fine where he's at.

"I don't have a plan to move up or down," he said. "I'm very happy [at middleweight]."

Penick's Analysis: It doesn't sound like Silva has any interest in going up, though he didn't exactly shut it down either. He's got the same impression of Jones as most do at this point, and I don't think anyone is necessarily chomping at the bit to stand across the cage from Jones at this point. This would be a huge fight that I'd love to see, but it's nothing more than a fantasy fight right now.


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