UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones was an extremely popular choice to serve as Anderson Silva’s next opponent prior to the legendary 185er’s loss to Chris Weidman at UFC 162 last Saturday night. Though the match-up is off the table, Jones’ opinion of Silva as a fighter hasn’t diminished in the wake of the defeat. However, it sounds like “Bones” might think a little less about Silva as a sportsman based on his continuous attempts to bait Weidman into a brawl with silly antics in the Octagon.
“(Silva) abused his gift by disrespecting his opponent,” said Jones during a conference call with media earlier today. “He somehow lost sight of that and paid the ultimate price. I am not over the Anderson Silva hype train; he just got disrespectful and the war Gods made him pay for it. Anderson Silva is still great in my book.”
Jones has also gone on record as stating he feels Silva will eventually accept an opportunity to fight Weidman a second time, going on Twitter to write, “I don’t see why he wouldn’t want it. Outside of the showboating he was looking fantastic.”
With Silva no longer an option, Jones’ complete focus will be on action against Alexander Gustafsson this September. The 18-1 Jones will be seeking a record-setting sixth straight successful defense of the light heavyweight title when the two lock horns at UFC 165.
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