And no kidding too ….
The message board gurus think it’s too premature and Dana White thinks that throwing Jon Jones to the sharks too early may not be a good idea. B.S. ! He had no such compunctions when big ol’ Brock Lesnar came along; and pound for pound Jones is a better fighter than Brock will ever be. “Johnny B. Nimble” has all the genes that have made Anderson Silva an MMA terror - and perhaps a little bit more. Jones exudes the “oh yah” kind of machismo hatched in gym of hard knocks and street corners where no quarters are given or taken without a whiff of blood: the (then) un-inked representation of martial genes with a buzz cut to match. In case you haven’t noticed, this “kid” is as fearless as Shogun Rua was in his heyday. Yes, Shogun the former Pride alum who is also waiting to hand Anderson Silva his head back to him when he comes back to the 205lb division. (Anderson Silva fought Irvin at 205lbs on July 19, 2008 and Forrest Griffin at UFC 101 on August 8, 2009. Both times he knocked his opponents out in the first round.)
And as if chops were not enough Jones has the sangfroid that allowed him to keep his cool when Brandon Vera was blasting his family jewels. Jones took the punishment like a gladiator then came back to blast Vera’s orbital like squash in a Ghallagher smashfest. Aah, the few, the proud, the Marines. This is the kind of bang the army can’t buy when it pays Dana and the Fertitta brothers big bucks for spots on their prize-fighting show. But we clearly digress
The blogmeisters who are pooh-poohing this kid’s chances against Anderson Silva may just be underestimating his ability to adapt to opponents Cain Velasquez’s-style and to bring it like it was 1999 all over again. We here at Cyberaxis have more than a hunch: one teeny-weeny slip-up and one of the fighters will be looking for their mouth-guards, and it won’t be Jon Jones.
UFC has nothing to lose in bringing a non-title superfight between Jon Jones and Anderson Silva to the Octagon by Christmas 2012. Nothing to lose and everything to gain. Beyond riling up the masses – the peasantry with the pitchforks - it will make major, major bank for the UFC. (Are you reading this Lorenzo?)
The smart money says make it happen as a non-title superfight at a weight not exceeding 205lbs and let the headline chips fall where they may. If nothing else it will stir up the MMA pot like no other recent fight except perhaps Mir vs Carwin or Machida vs Rashad Evans. Give the fans credit. They may be onto something here, the blogsphere naysayers notwithstanding.
The interest in this fight is IN-tense to a point where Jones can’t even escape it. His tweet on the subject shows that he is guardedly intrigued by the possibility. And anyone who thinks he is remotely intimidated by the prospect ought to re-read the tweet without the “No child left behind” befuddlement:
Mentally, Jon Jones thrives on this kinda shit; this “gee-whiz” kinda shit. Giving him less would be shortchanging the Golden Child, besides bringing the UFC into the babysitting business. (Reference – Dana’s remarks about going slow on Jones. It ain’t lovemaking Babu. It’s the freakin’ U-F-C! where goombahs knock each other’s heads off or die trying.)
The company needs to realize it is in a fast-moving ticker business and capitalizing on inspired match-ups has to be in its mission statement. When the UFC misses certain opportunities, it sometimes never gets the opportunity to recapture them because of the protean nature of the biz. Fighters are always coming and going, and personalities, winners and losers are always in a state of flux. (Exhibit One: Lyoto Machida vs Quinton Jackson had the shelf life of about 5 months until Rua showed up and spoiled Machida’s victory dance. Now nobody cares about Machida vs Jackson. And the Machida-Rua re-match has all the sabor of recycled spit.) Moral of the story? You strike when the iron is hot, and right now its hotter than a Texas cattle-branding iron. The fans are feelin’ it and it only behooves the UFC to listen to them. Anytime before Christmas of 2012 would be just fine. You readin’ this Dana? How about you Lorenzo?
Come back soon to read more about why Jon Jones would be poised to rip tentacles and arachnoidal hairs off of the Spiderman. Well, we exaggeratin’ a bit, but ya get the drift
And just to whet your appetites, Anderson may have reached the pinnacle of his physical form last night in his UFC 134 match-up with Yushin Okami. The uber-chiselled Silva who walked into that Octagon with probably a minus 8% body fat quotient was as physically imposing a specimen as we have seen in all UFC fighters to date. Anderson really looked like a character out of an MMA fantasy movie starring Bolo Yeung & the gang. But at 36 years, can Silva hold onto his form, let alone top it against a strapplin’ young champ whose natural hormones are pumping at full bore?
We say no friggin’ way. So in this sense time is the biggest threat against a delicately well-matched Silva/Jones fight. The more time Dana & Lorenzo wait, the less meaningful this fight will be. In the the interim, don’t bet against Jones, unless you desperately wanna be parted from your money.
The Lowdown: Anderson Silva will not take this superfight until Dana and Lorenzo give him retirement money for three lifetimes. Nothing less would be worth having his orbital crashed with granite elbows. We at Cyberaxis know he will ask for mucho dinero because Silva’s momma didn’t raise a fool.
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UFC fans should forget about Anderson Silva vs Jon Jones (Brent Brookhouse, SB Nation, Bloody Elbow)
Hours before the biggest fight of his life, Jones subdues a robber (Steve Cofield, Yahoo Sports)