A matchup between Jon Jones and Anderson Silva is likely nothing more than a foregone fantasy at this point in time.
But that won’t stop them from giving fans a glimpse of what could have been, as the former UFC light heavyweight champion posted on social media Saturday. The brief, 15-second video shows the two legendary fighters squaring off before throwing some playful strikes. The former champions were in New York City for an appearance at the sixth annual MMA World Expo at the Javits Center.
“Always great to see my childhood inspiration [Anderson Silva],” Jones wrote in a caption on Instagram.
Silva and Jones were at the forefront of a potential superfight plenty of fight fans were eager to see in recent years. The talks grew intensive in 2012, right as Silva extended his undefeated streak to 17. Seemingly out of viable challengers at 185 pounds with a proven ability to compete inside of the division Jones ruled, many felt it was time for the mythical matchup to take life.
But once Silva lost his title to Chris Weidman, it fell apart. “The Spider” would go on to lose a subsequent title fight after breaking his leg in gruesome fashion. He’d return a year later, only to test positive for steroids in a pre-fight drug test at UFC 183.
The two fighters have long shown great respect for one another, which was a big reason the fight originally never took place.
Jones is currently scheduled to face Daniel Cormier for the light heavyweight title at some point in 2016, while Silva has been rumored for a rematch of his own — taking on Vitor Belfort once “The Spider” returns from his year-long suspension.