Jon Jones Rips Anderson Silva For Knockout Loss At UFC 162
The world of MMA was turned on it’s ear at UFC 162, and Anderson Silva’s knockout defeat cost the UFC a shit ton of money.
If Silva had emerged from the contest victorious, he was on an clear collision course with UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. However, Chris Weidman ended the potential “Super Fight,” and Jon Jones just lost out on MILLIONS. A Jones vs. Silva superfight would’ve been the biggest draw in MMA history, and now that fight has disappeared faster than Ian Zering’s career.
For his part, Jones thinks Silva got what he deserved…
“I think he’s got to the point where he really believes in his gift, and he abused his gift,” Jones said during a promotional stop ahead of UFC 165. “He disrespected the gift by disrespecting his opponent.”
Hard to argue with that. Silva did his best Peter Pan impression for six minutes and twenty seconds, and he ended up sucking his thumb in the fetal position.
“Martial arts is traditionally a sport that is based on honor and integrity and treating people with respect, and he somehow lost sight of that and he paid the ultimate price for it,” Jones said. “So I’m not going for the Anderson Silva hype train. I know exactly where he’s at; you can tell exactly where he’s at by the way he’s fighting. I think he just got disrespectful, and the war gods just made him pay for it. He’s still that great Anderson Silva in my book,” Jones said.
Jones says that watching Silva get dummied has served as a reality check.
“It actually motivates me a lot, too, to watch somebody who I look up to lose,” he said. “It’s just a reality check. I try to keep my ego in check when it comes to the fight game, and watching Anderson lose like that – first of all, it’s something I would never do, put my hands down and fight my opponent that way. But watching Chris Weidman’s dream come true, I have to make sure to be a dream crusher.”
Jon “The Dream Crusher” Jones? Not bad.
Now that Anderson Silva has suffered defeat inside the Octagon, many MMA pundits are anointing Jones as the best pound for pound fighter in the world. However, Jones isn’t ready to accept that title.
“My goal is definitely to become No. 1, and because Anderson lost doesn’t really make me feel like I accomplished anything. So I’m going to continue to work extremely hard to become the No. 1 light heavyweight in the sport, and eventually, I’ll creep up on some of the things Anderson Silva has done in history.”
I was lucky enough to be present at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas to watch this fight unfold, and I could watch this on repeat ALL day long. It’s not that I like watching Anderson Silva get knocked out, it’s that I never thought I’d see it happen.
This is like watching Bruce Lee get knocked out…