It's inching closer. Anderson Silva at LHW really is something. He turns it on to another level. It may seem like he's playing, but I don't think so man. He senses the urgency, excels in those high pressure situations, and simply transforms into Super Saiyan mode. Basically I don't think we've seen him at 100% yet. Every time he pulls out something new.
I mean I predicted exactly what Bonnar was going to do which was the right game plan. What none of us predicted was Anderson actually welcoming it. Then tripping him and landing a pin point knee shot. How many fighters land sloppy knee shots to the body or head, try to uppercut, or land a roundhouse and miss especially in a scramble. That all happened in a split second which showed how instinctual he is.
The LHW title holder executes well, but in route to that it's usually simply over powering his opponents and using his reach. The only unique move is his spinning elbows.
Don't let you get fooled by Jones power. It's not only that what wins him his fights. His technique is not yet as clean as Silva's, but he is really getting better each fight. His fight IQ is very high and I think his fight instinct could be 2nd best after Silva himself. I think he actually is in the footsteps of Silva, not right there yet, but definitely on the way. Jones has a very good comprehension of what's going on in the fight and has a good eye for openings his opponent leave him.
In the Rua fight you could see some of his fight understanding. I.e. his front kicks to the body. Those weren't just random front kicks, but they were very well timed to disrupt Rua's breathing rhythm. Then on the ground at the end of one round he first goes for a leg lock and as he realises that it doesn't work and Rua postures up to defend, Jones switches his attack and gives Rua a surprising hammerfist. At the end of the fight, Jones doesn't get tunnel vision like most fighters and goes only in head hunting mode, but actually finishes with a liverpunch.
At the moment, Jones only has a power advantage over Silva and I'd give Silva a slight edge if a fight happens soon, due to his experience, timing, precision. But I do think that Jones could be Silva's legitimate successor. The only thing that plays against Jones is the weight class. As if he decides to go to HW, he will face a lot of opponents that only need one punch to turn around the fight.