There is no doubt in my mind that Silva is scared that he would lose to Jones. This BS about giving his teammates the opportunity to take the belt from Jones - what would prevent Silva from vacating the belt, should he win it from Jones, to just going right back to the MW division to carry on from where he left off, and giving as much opportunity to his teammates as they had before he would have won it?
The way he is handling this really comes off as ridiculous. The guy has fought, and is about to fight again at LHW, yet he wouldn't jump at the chance of fighting for the belt, and being able to make the claim that he is/has been Champ in more than 1 weight class? If he had never fought at LHW before, then his stance would hold a lot more merit. Yet, he is so keen on fighting a lighter Champ in GSP???
Silva is very scared of losing to Jones.