Anderson Silva and Jon Jones were photographed sparring in a boxing ring recently.
There’s been rumors over the years that Silva, the ex-UFC middleweight champ, and Jones, the light-heavyweight champ, should have a superfight.
With Silva’s recent losses–including the gruesome leg injury that has left him sidelined for all of 2014–the prospect of a superfight appears unlikely.
UFC boss Dana White posted a photo on his Instagram, showing a black-and-white photo of the two sparring with boxing gloves.
That moment when dreams become reality pic.twitter.com/S6yTBrSFfU
— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) November 19, 2014
Jones also posted his own photo of the event. “That moment when dreams become reality,” he tweeted.
Both were in Las Vegas this week as part of a press event to promote future fights. They later visited the UFC headquarters gym and sparred.
But Jones stipulated that he doesn’t ever want to fight Silva.
“I would never want to fight Anderson – never, ever,” Jones said, via MMAJunkie.
“I just look up to him so much. I don’t have many people that I’ve looked up to in my lifetime and think, ‘Wow, how cool would it be to be that guy?’ Look at what he’s done. (Michael) Jordan, LeBron (James), Anderson, Kobe (Bryant) – I consider them all in the same class. Athletes of that caliber don’t come around that often. I don’t want to be the guy to beat him.”
Silva is set to face Nick Diaz January 31.
Diaz also addressed former welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre’s comments about him fighting Silva. He said Diaz was making a mistake.
“[GSP’s] scared to do the fight, and he’s scared to do the fight at 185 pounds, and he thinks that we have so much in common that maybe I don’t want to do the fight at 185,” Diaz said, via BleacherReport. “How the f— does he know?”
Diaz said that he’s not sure why St-Pierre made the comments.
“You don’t know what the f— you’re talking about until you’re actually the guy in the driver’s seat,” Diaz added. “…But I don’t know, I don’t go ahead and give my opinion on what I think fighters should’ve done or would’ve done, because I’m not them.”