You can mark Saturday night as the moment people decided life isn’t worth living if it doesn’t involve Anderson Silva vs Jon Jones sometime in the immediate future. That fight now replaces Silva / St Pierre as the superfight to end all superfights, which isn’t surprising considering the hurt Anderson lays out on 205 pounders. Having him face a welterweight next just seems unfair to the welterweight, which I’m sure is a relief to Georges.
Unfortunately, as you can see from the above gif, Anderson Silva doesn’t seem all that enthused about fighting Jon Jones. Here’s what Dana was saying when Anderson started miming out his disapproval:
“There are so many options for (Silva) right now,” White said. “He’s amazing. He never ceases to amaze.
“But he’s at this point in his career where there are super fights for him. I don’t know when it’s going to be over for him. But I know this: The Georges St. Pierre fight is a big fight. I think the Jon Jones fight is a big fight.
“I know my man says ‘no, no, no’ to Jon Jones, but the amount of money that will be offered for that fight, he will say ‘yes, yes, yes.’ “
Dana White is relying on the old chestnut that money solves all problems, but I think this has already been disproven several times in combat sports. Money hasn’t made the Pacquiao / Mayweather fight. It also failed to magically make Fedor vs Randy or Fedor vs Brock or Fedor vs anyone for that matter. So why should we rely on this situation being any different?
I don’t think it’s a surprise that Georges St Pierre doesn’t want to fight Anderson and Anderson doesn’t want to fight Jones. What’s the common thread there? It’s guys turning down the more difficult fight. Why would Georges St Pierre willingly put himself in a position to get Griffin’d or Bonnar’d brutally for 10 million when he can continue to coast along at 5 million per fight sans a legacy crushing highlight loss to the Spider on his record? And why would Anderson risk all of his #1 p4p accolades transferring over to Jones as his career winds down?
If you ask me, money isn’t going to solve this problem. These fighters already have enough money. Now they’re just trying to protect their brands.