MMA News: Jon Jones, Anderson Silva, UFC 140, Alistair Overeem and More

| by Sports Nickel

During the UFC 140 post-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White was asked what was next for Jon Jones, and whether or not we would see a potential super-fight between Jones and Middleweight kingpin, Anderson Silva.

“I don’t see that fight happening anytime soon. I just think Jon Jones is young. He’s 24 years old. He’s just getting out there and fighting all the best in the light heavyweight division. What people have to realize, too, is Anderson Silva is 37 years old. They’re in two different weight classes.”

Unless this fight happens sometime next year, I don’t want to see it. Silva is getting older and still has a couple of fights left in the Middleweight Division, and Jones still has at least two more fights at Light Heavyweight. Not only that, Jones has already stated he will probably move up to Heavyweight as he continues to build more muscle to his frame. I think the real reason this fight is being talked about is because there is a group of fans that just want to see Silva lose, for whatever reason, and Jon Jones is the “new guy” to do it. But I will say this, if they fought right now, Silva would win. Machida landed some real good shots on Jones, and had Silva landed those, history has shown they are usually kill shots.

The UFC’s flyweight division will debut in March, and a four-man tournament will determine the organization’s first-ever 125-pound champion. UFC president Dana White stated on Saturday that Demetrious Johnson will drop down and face Ian McCall and Joseph Benavidez, also dropping down, meets Yasuhiro Urushitani at March’s UFC on FX 2 event, with the winners meeting at a later event to crown the champion. These first two fights will take place in Australia, most likely at Sydney’s Allphones Arena (formerly Acer Arena), the same venue that hosted UFC 110 and UFC 127.

This is huge news and I can’t wait to see this tournament go down. I expect quite a few Bantamweight fighters to drop to this weight class. Newly crowned TUF 14 winner John Dodson comes to mind, and I’m sure he’ll be right in the mix with the top talent.

Rumors abound were suggesting that Alistair Overeem was withdrawing from his fight with Brock Lesnar at UFC 141. Overeem responded to those rumors in his Yahoo! Sports blog saying, “I will be sending this guy back to WWE for you…to my fans who are worried that I will not be 100 percent ready to rip Brock Lesnar apart on December 30 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, let me promise you: coming back to Holland for this camp will not be a factor at all.”

This is great news, that the rumors seem to be untrue. I’m sure some fans would “riot” if Overeem had to withdraw from the fight. This is a highly anticipated fight, and I would expect upwards of 1 million PPV buys.

After Jon Jones defeated Lyoto Machida, Dan Henderson made it clear that he’s ready to fight the young champion right now, taking to Twitter to campaign for the fight. “Congrats to [Jon Jones] — great win. Hey [Dana White], I’d like to see if his chin is as good as he thinks & I’m ready to go.”

Henderson is campaigning hard for a title shot, but unless Rashad Evans loses to Phil Davis next month, he’s still second in line. Should Davis win, then the case could be argued to give Henderson the shot over him.

The nasty injury suffered by Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira on Saturday night at UFC 140 was bad enough to require surgery, as UFC President Dana White revealed the surgery plans following the post-event press conference, and according to multiple reports, White took Nogueira with him on his private jet back to Las Vegas, where he will then travel to Los Angeles, CA for the surgery. It’s unknown just how long Nogueira will be out.

Yeah, that was a horrible break. But if you don’t tap, that will happen. Hopefully he’ll have a speedy recovery and we see him back in action soon.