UFC Light Heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, does not want to see the former UFC Middleweight champion, Anderson Silva, return to action. At UFC 168, Silva incurred a horrific leg break due to a checked kick from Chris Weidman. The injury was one of the most brutal, shocking, and terrifying moments in the history of the UFC. Since that night, Silva has been adamant about returning to the Octagon to reclaim his former glory.
Jon Jones, who may very well become Silva’s successor as the greatest of all time with his current streak, recently stated in an interview that he hopes Silva does not return to the Octagon (Courtesy of BloodyElbow and CBS Local):
To see such a magnificent career and legacy get tarnished by two losses, two kind of flukish losses – I wouldn’t call the first one a fluke – it sucks. It leaves a weird taste in your mouth, like it’s not supposed to end that way. What I’m hoping is that people remember Anderson for all the magnificent things he’s done, and all the lives he’s touched, and all the people he’s inspired, and I’m hoping that Anderson just stays away from the sport and continues to be an inspiration outside of the octagon.
You mean not fight again?
Not fight again. Anderson can do seminars, he can do motivational speaking, he can help all the kids in Brazil, I mean he’s such an idol. His greatness has just begun, but I think in the Octagon, I think it’s been already fun.
Those are some strong words from the Light Heavyweight champion. With the loss of Silva and GSP in successive months, the UFC will definitely look to lean on Jon Jones as their superstar and pay per view draw over the next few years. Luckily for the UFC, Jones is finally molding into a great speaker, fighter, and role model. As for Silva, only time will tell if he will ever step foot inside the Octagon again.