Jon Jones: Anderson Silva Disrespected His Gift

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones recently had his potential mega fight versus Anderson Silva squashed at last weekend’s UFC 162. While the bout could still take place one day, there’s just no doubt that it definitely lost of lot of its shine when Chris Weidman was crowned the new middleweight champ.

Regardless, Jones was already scheduled to take on Alexander ‘The Mauler’ Gustafsson in Toronto at September 21st’s UFC 165. A preliminary press conference went down in Toronto today, and Jones spoke up to address the inevitable questions about Silva’s shocking loss. While Jones has an interesting perspective on the subject, there may be some truth to his words:

“I think Anderson Silva is a magnificent fighter. I think that he has an extraordinary gift. I think he’s gotten to the point where he really believes in his gift and he’s comfortable with his gift. He abused his gift, disrespected his gift, by disrespecting his opponent. Martial arts is a sport that is traditionally based around honor and integrity. You treat people with respect. He somehow lost sight of that and paid the ultimate price for it. I’m not over the Anderson Silva hype train. He was fighting at a masterful level, he just got disrespectful and the War Gods made him pay for it. He’s still great in my book.”

While the “War Gods” may or may not have issued Silva his comeuppance for mocking his obviously very dangerous opponent, it remains clear that ‘The Spider’ is still one of the finest martial artists in the game. Whether he finds new motivation to come back and take the title away from Chris Weidman will remain to be seen. If he does just that, the prospect of a bout with Jones could receive a new shine.

Check out the full press conference below:

 



18 Comments

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    KeithFarrell

    July 9, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Honestly I think Jones got it right, Anderson Silva has unbelievable instinct and ability with his movements and defense , yet he put him self in a position where one shot could end it all and never before has that one clean shot got through but this time it did.

    It's these huge, live and die by the sword risks that Anderson takes which got him knocked out, it is also these risks which make him the best in the world and my favourite fighter

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    ShenronRage

    July 9, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    I agree with Jones, he is a dominant champ, so he knows the do's and don't in the cage better than any of us. I do wonder, though, if Silva's loss will serve as an example for younger fighters.

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    TheRealDeal

    July 9, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Jones is on point, and was actually very nice with his comments. The truth is, Silva disrespected the UFC, Weidman, himself, and all of professional MMA by acting like a pompous clown, thinking he is better than any other man.

    Once that cage door closes, it's fighter versus fighter, and you always respect the other fighter, regardless of how "great" you are.

    Truth be told Jones is p*ssed because everyone knows he would kick Silva's ego and A$$ all over the cage, and now if they ever fight, it will not be the same.

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      Bruce Lee

      July 9, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      This is the most agreeable thread I have ever seen. I "sharped" all the comments.

      @ CageRage, I agree with you regarding your last sentence however if Silva rematched Weidman in a very convincing way like the way that GSP rematched Serra the Super Fight Money Train may be back on track (whether that is good or bad I don't know)

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      gm1

      July 10, 2013 at 7:38 am

      Totally AGREE……..

      I think Jones would dominate Silva….Jones is a smarter/and more cautious fighter. Not to mention he is athletically more versatile. I wouldnt want to be Silva at this point. Rematch with Weidman i think he would lose again. Fight with Jones Im sure he would lose. 3 loses in a row….

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    Mike Drahota

    July 9, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    I agree. Silva said he fought for the fans, but he really sold them short with an unispired performance. If you're truly through being the champ, just retire on top. Don't give the fans your worst.

    How he comes back from this crushing defeat will really tell us who Anderson Silva is after all these years. I'll always be a huge fan, but that whole bout was probably the weirdest fight I have ever seen to be honest.

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    cranestyle

    July 9, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    An accurate but also respectful point of view.

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    HATEOCRACY

    July 9, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Silva also disrespected my 50$ i paid for the PPV & my 75$ bottle of Remy XO i was sip'n on.

    I guess the joke was on me Jack.

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    Entity

    July 9, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    As Jones drops Machida and shows much respect for another fighter and walks away.

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    UnderdogGreatness

    July 9, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Completely agree with Jones.

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    grandslam

    July 9, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    It is rather unusual for Jones to say something pleasant. However, in a very subtle way he very accurately expressed the feelings of all the Anderson Silva's fans.

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    Kevin

    July 9, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    I like the MMA fighter Jones, not the personality that he carries outside the octagon; that being said, Jones is partially correct. IMO Anderson is trying to cement his legacy the same way Ali did…by making excellent fighters look mediocre at best.

    I have zero issues with how Anderson acts in the ring provided it isn't a Maia repeat. A huge part of his game is being able to take others out of theirs. The same way the Diaz brothers do, minus the verbal diarrhea.

    I can see AS taking a minor break, 8 months or so, fighting RJ Jr. and taking a massive pay day. Either way, as much as I loved Weidman knocking on AS front door, I don't see the same results in a rematch.

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    greeneyeleo

    July 10, 2013 at 9:38 am

    God, if The As/Weidman fight teaches this new generation of fighters anything it's: It doesn't matter how gifted or talented you are- if you don't take your opponent seriously, don't be surprised if you get KTFO! I haven't seen Fedor, GSP or Jones act like an idiot in the ring- not for a second. Being cocky just means that you're not paying attention to what you SHOULD be paying attention to. It's a shame Silva "fought" the way he did. It would be an even bigger shame if that was his last fight b/c it's what he'd be remembered for- not all his amazing performances in the cage. Let's hope he pulls it together and learns from all this.

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    HolyGrimace666

    July 11, 2013 at 12:36 am

    STFU Jones! Jones wants to talk about integrity? what about the nonsense hes pulled in the cage? he's had more then enough "bad sport" moments in there to talk about Silva. hypocrite!

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