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White dreams of future matchup of Silva, Jones

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The way Anderson Silva has ruled the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s middleweight division since 2006, a break from the routine would seem to be in order.

Silva (33-4) will seek to successfully defend his belt for the 11th consecutive time when he fights unbeaten challenger Chris Weidman (9-0) tonight at MGM Grand Garden Arena. But Silva has been unable to strike a deal with the UFC for a super-fight outside his 185-pound weight class.

For more than two years UFC President Dana White has discussed staging a catch-weight mega-fight between Brazil’s Silva and Canadian welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, who has won 11 consecutive fights.

Dominant light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones, a Jackson-Winkeljohn Mixed Martial Arts team member, has also emerged as a possible Silva foe.

But now, on the eve of Silva-Weidman, with St-Pierre locked into a Nov. 16 title defense against Johny Hendricks and Jones scheduled to fight Alexander Gustafsson on Sept. 21, it’s clear nothing super is happening this year.

White has said the mega-fight could be staged at Cowboys Stadium, a soccer arena in Brazil or even the Los Angeles Coliseum.


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“I’m just waiting for the next offer,” Silva said when asked if he’s committed to never fight outside 185 pounds.

“That big, super-fight needs to be made,” White said Friday. “I think we’ll be able to do it with Anderson Silva and Jon Jones. It’s what I want, of course. ”

On tonight’s undercard, Jackson-Winkeljohn’s Cub Swanson (19-5), a featherweight (145 pounds), will face Germany’s Dennis Siver (21-8); and J-W middleweight Tim Kennedy (15-4) fights Brazil native Roger Gracie (6-1).