Quijano: Anderson Silva and Roy Jones

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By Jingo Quijano

Last Round

Saturday, July 6, 2013


TODAY at UFC 162, Anderson Silva will be facing young, undefeated Chris Weidman.

Weidman is a two-time NCAA Division 1 All-American and is coming off an impressive TKO2 win over Mark “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Muñoz.

Others who fell to his brutish ways are Demian Maia (UD) and Alessio Sakara (UD).

What he lacks in experience, Weidman makes up for in his technical proficiency in wrestling aided by excellent conditioning.

Yet, despite being a legitimate threat and a live underdog, as I trolled the MMA websites, more attention was devoted on who will be Silva’s next opponent.

Even Silva himself downplayed Weidman’s grappling skills, claiming that aptitude for grappling alone is not enough in MMA.

NEXT. If Silva emerges victorious, there has been a lot of speculation on how he will ride off into the sunset.

At age 38, and despite being arguably known as the best MMA fighter on the planet, Silva needs that one big super-fight to put a defining stamp on his glorious career.

His feud with Chael Sonnen was entertaining while it lasted, but now with no known rivals in sight, potential names of fighters from other weight classes have been floated around again like Georges St. Pierre and Jon Jones.

Welterweight champ St. Pierre seems ambivalent about fighting Silva and UFC President Dana White was quite emphatic about his opinion that St. Pierre wants no part of Silva.

That leaves light heavyweight king Jon Jones as a viable opponent , possibly the one that will take Silva to the zenith of MMA immortality if he defeats Jones.

ROY. Interestingly, another fighter surnamed Jones is also being floated around as a possible opponent for Silva and it’s none other than boxer Roy Jones Jr.

Jones Jr. will reportedly be cage-side today to witness UFC 162, fueling speculations about a super-fight between the two.

I love MMA just as I love boxing, but I think it’s one tubular publicity stunt, one that will probably hype up the sport, but prove little else.

It’s no big secret that Silva has always dreamed about fighting Roy Jones Jr., but it’s not the stuff of fantasy anymore, not with the fight gaining some traction because he himself has legitimized that possibility in several interviews.

I think it’s huge in terms of its seminal impact as fans from both disciplines will surely be intrigued. But when you get down to it, the outcome is clearly a foregoing conclusion if it’s going to be an MMA match.

Remember how James Toney fared against Randy Couture?

I thought that matchup was terribly one-sided and demonstrated how savvy White is. On hindsight, we can clearly see the folly of matching a fat, MMA rookie like James Toney against an accomplished cage legend like Randy Couture. Yet, the way it was marketed, it seemed like an even match-up.

Expect the same thing in a Jones-Silva battle.

But if it were a purely boxing match, Silva would have a lot more to lose.

Roy Jones is about as shot as you can get. He now fights at cruiserweight and is not even ranked in the top 10. The last time he fought, he eked out a unanimous decision win over obscure fighter Pawel Glazewski in Poland.

He’s been knocked out by Danny Green in Australia and Dennis Lebedev in Russia.

His punch resistance is gone, ditto with the speedy reflexes that once made him the top fighter in the sport. Truth be told, today there is no more glory in beating what is left of the great Roy Jones Jr.

But at the end of the day, Jones is the pure boxer who will definitely have an advantage over Silva in a boxing ring. The possibility of Silva getting knocked out is all to real and could prove ruinous to his legacy and even to his psyche as a fighter.

If he wishes to embellish his career with a super-fight before he calls it a career, it should be Jon Jones and not Roy.

LAST ROUND. It’s on Jasmine Gorne who celebrates her birthday today. Cheers Jaz!

(jingo_quijano@yahoo.com)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 07, 2013.

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