UFC President Dana White Calls Anderson Silva Unrealistic For Requesting 50% Of The UFC To Fight Jon Jones
When UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva recently stated he would only take part in a superfight against UFC light heavyweight Jon Jones if the UFC gave him a 50% stake in the company, most interpreted the statement as Silva saying he will never fight Jones, or that the price tag to make the fight happen would be more than the UFC would be willing to put up.
“The question (about facing Jones) would have to be made to Dana White.” Silva told a Brazilian news outlet over the weekend. “Let’s ask if he’ll give me 50% of the UFC. If he will, maybe this fight will happen.”
It didn’t take long for news of Silva’s comments to get around to UFC President Dana White as a fan on Twitter asked him “Anderson wants 50% of the UFC, doesn’t that seem too far fetched, unrealistic?”
Without going into any detail, White responded to the fan with a simple, straightforward answer of, “Yup.”
White’s answer is to be expected. A 50% stake in the UFC is something White and fellow UFC owners Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta would never, ever be willing to give up. The amount of money Silva would make off the deal would be astronomical.
Nevertheless, a fight with Silva and Jones could still be possible. It can be said with near certainty Silva expected this type of response, but made the statement to send a message to the UFC that they will need to pay him a very large sum of money to step in the cage with Jones.
It was not all that long ago Silva and Jones were saying there is absolutely no chance they would ever fight each other. But since then, both have softened on that stance.
Cracks of sunlight are beginning to appear in what was once a completely dark room, is it just a matter of time until the room is filled with light and two of the best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet go to war?