Jon Jones has said that he's likely to never fight Anderson Silva - despite long standing rumours of a super fight.
The rumours stirred up once again after the two were recorded sparring against each other. Yet the UFC Light Heavyweight champ wants nothing to do with fighting Silva, saying: "I would love to have him in my back pocket as that mentor, advisor, someone I can talk to in the next few years to come."
Silva a friend and mentor
Jones has first-hand knowledge that fights between friends don't tend to end well, after he and Rashad Evans had a very public spat, following the build up to their clash. They only recently buried the hatchet but Jones is wary of fighting a friend.
"I just look up to him so much. I don't have many people that I've been able to look at in my lifetime and just think, wow, how cool is it to be that guy?" Jones told FOXSports.com.
"I don't have many people that I've been able to look at in my lifetime and just think, wow, how cool is it to be that guy"
"Look at what he's done. Jordan, LeBron, Anderson, Kobe. I consider them all in the same type of class. The Jeters. Athletes of that caliber don't come around too often."
Friends before paychecks
The news comes in the same week that Nate Diaz, brother of Silva's next opponent, criticised those that fought friends for money. Despite the potential 'megabucks' payout potential for both fighters, they've made their stances clear when it comes to their friends.
Jones's upcoming opponent, Daniel Cormier, is only challenging for the Light Heavyweight title because close friend Cain Velasquez is the Heavyweight champion.
The UFC are likely to want to find Silva something after he faces Diaz, especially if he beats Diaz so don't be surprised if the super fight rumours rear they're head once more.