Chelsea’s is spot on for fighting

Regardless of the outcome at UFC 153, there will be no future superfight between Anderson Silva and Jon ‘Bones’ Jones.

The two mixed martial arts stars have shrugged off the possibility of fighting one another for months.

It’s all about respect for Jones, who claims he doesn’t want to be the one to defeat Silva. The two have developed a bond and neither wants to damage the other’s success.

Silva stopped speculation of the proposed superfight during the media conference call for this Saturday’s UFC 153.

Silva said: “There’s been a lot of talk about me moving up to 205 pounds. I know Dana White (UFC president) has talked about it a lot. All the fans have talked about me moving up and facing Jon Jones, but it’s something I’ve never wanted.

“I won’t be pretentious to say that I’d want to move up, especially because there are other guys in that weight class on our team. There are other guys who could potentially face Jon Jones in the future.

“What got me this far is I’m grounded. My weight class is 185. I’m 37 years old, and I feel I need to be honest and continue what I’ve built, which is to keep defending my belt at 185.” Realistically, neither wants to fight because of fear of losing which would damage their legacies in UFC.

Silva is set to make his third light heavyweight appearance in the UFC against Stephan Bonnar this weekend but admittedly, he is only going up in weight as a favour to the UFC.

The featherweight title fight between Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar was originally slated as the main event, but after Aldo pulled out with an injury, the UFC scrambled to prevent the cancellation of another pay-per-view card.

Silva, who knocked out Chael Sonnen three months ago, was ready and willing to lend a helping hand:

The pay-per-view event in Rio de Janeiro at the HSBC Arena, also features Fabio Maldonado against Glover Teixeira, Dave Herman taking on Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Jon Fitch against Erick Silva.

Aqua Beach on West Bay Road is where many MMA fans watch UFC televised events but the recently opened Chelsea’s bar in nearby Westshore Plaza is another option. Considering Chelsea’s is indoors and not exposed to the elements at this time of year when torrential rain can suddenly descend, it is a pretty attractive option.

It also has four pool tables too. Chelsea’s owner Stan Walton used to run Jillian’s where he built up a huge combat sports following. He said: “From 9pm onwards on Saturday we will be showing UFC 153 and from now on be featuring all major boxing and MMA shows.

“We have 12 flat-screen TVs here in a really upscale environment. The ambience is excellent and we have a great selection of exclusive fine rums at reasonable prices.

“Chelsea’s is a lovely new alternative to watch major sporting events.”

The two mixed martial arts stars have shrugged off the possibility of fighting one another for months.

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