MMA: Is Anderson Silva Looking Past Chris Weidman?

Is Anderson Silva Looking Past Chris Weidman?

Is Anderson Silva Looking Past Chris Weidman?

To no one’s surprise, UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon “Bones” Jones retained the strap last night at UFC 159, where he demolished Chael Sonnen in the first round via TKO. However, during the fight Jones did suffer a nasty toe injury that’s too gruesome for us to show you. If you’re really interested in seeing the toe, just click on through Twitter.

Aside from that easy victory for Jones, which didn’t live up to the hype, I must say that it was a weird night of fights overall. Lots of unintentional eye poking happened, forcing two fights into “technical decisions,” and another fight was stopped for a thumb dislocation. Bruce Buffer also fucked up by incorrectly announcing Jim Miller as the winner in the lightweight bout against Pat Healy on the main card.

To add to the weirdness, UFC President Dana White mentioned during the UFC 159 post-fight presser that Anderson Silva called him up sometime during the evening to talk about his contract and the superfight. A superfight that fans definitely want to see happen soon, and that would be with either Jon Jones or Georges St-Pierre.

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White didn’t want to go into any specifics, but cleared up the fact that Chris Weidman is first:

“It’s not important,” he said. “It doesn’t matter who he wants to fight. He’s got to fight Weidman first. If he doesn’t beat Weidman, what difference does it make? The fight isn’t even real. Who he wants to fight doesn’t matter. He better want to fight Weidman right now.”

UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman is slated for July 6, 2013, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Given what White said, however, I’m thinking Silva might be looking past Weidman. At this point, we know Weidman and his fans have been campaigning to make this fight happen, and it will, but to me it’s clear that Silva wants the superfight first. Beating Weidman obviously doesn’t give Anderson any momentum, but a superfight would determine the best UFC pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

Interestingly, Chael Sonnen weighed in on the topic during the presser, and said Jones is the better fighter of the two. As you should already know, Sonnen fought both champions, and nearly beat Silva in a 30 minute battle once.

“The last thing I want to do is disparage Anderson Silva, but it’s tough for me,” he said. “I whipped him for 30 minutes, he whipped me for less than 30 seconds. I whipped Jon for zero seconds and he whipped me the entire fight. It’s just tough. You’re asking me for my opinion, Jon’s better.”

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