“All Anderson has to do is win his next fight (Weidman rematch, UFC 168) decisively and there’s the interest right there. It’s still on, the superfight,” Jones says. “I’ve never really been overly anxious to face Anderson Silva though to be honest. I knew the fight could happen but I never had any desire to be the one to beat him or anything like that.
“After he lost I Tweeted about my disappointment and that him losing sucked, but it was just because watching a champion lose always sucks. It’s like he’s also a member of this special league of gentlemen and when you see one of the guys get taken down it sucks. But Anderson, and any thought of a superfight, well, it’s still there.”
Jones was on hand at UFC 162, where Silva was knocked out by Chris Weidman. Like most other fight fans, Jones was shocked by the result.
“Watching UFC 162 (when Anderson was KO’d inside five minutes) was crazy,” Jones said. “Just sitting there and registering something like that is mind blowing. To see a great champion and an entire legacy just end like that, it was humbling. It lets you know that it can happen to anyone. You’ve got to take everything and everyone seriously and you’ve got to respect the sport.
“But at the same time I still believe Anderson can come back. He’s still has it and he just got caught basically."
Jones is set to fight Alexander Gustafsson in the main event of UFC 165. The UFC made him do a press tour to hype the fight, but Jones says it won't affect his performance.
“The press tour, of course, made an impact on my preparations but I’m where I need to be now. I’m ready for this fight,” he stats. “We made plenty of small changes to cater for what he brings to the fight, but nothing substantial. No camps are ever the same, but there wasn’t an overhaul of my training simply because he’s tall. The distancing and timing will come as the fight nears, but I try not to overthink any fight or any opponent.
“The press tour was arduous but different, and I mean that in a good way. I got to know him, got to see how he acts, got to see little things like when he’s comfortable and stuff. When you see someone a lot it’s easier to visualize yourself being in front of him.
“I’ve faced off with him like 12 times already, so I know where my nose lines up with his nose. Alexander is tall, he has a presence. So I choose to look him in the eyes to let him know that I’m here, I’m the same height, I embrace us being the same height, and I want to let him know there’s only room for one tall guy in there.”
“I actually like the guy; he’s cool. I think we’d actually be friends if we weren’t fighting one another.”