WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Reigning UFC light heavyweight champion Jon ‘Bones’ Jones — who’s scheduled to defend the strap against Glover Teixeira at UFC 172 in Baltimore — has a message for Anderson Silva: stay away from the Octagon.
Silva, who suffered a gruesome injury in a rematch against Chris Weidman in December — in which his shinbone essentially snapped in half — was thought at the time to possibly never fight again, given his age and the severity of his injury.
But, low and behold, rumors have surfaced that the 38-year-old Brazilian mixed martial artist is preparing for a comeback.
Jones told Lavar and Dukes on 106.7 The Fan in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, he hopes Silva just stays away.
“It was just sad. I know how long Anderson Silva’s been working to be who he is,” Jones said of the injury. “I’ve won several world titles, this guy’s won like twelve, thirteen. That’s a lot of work.”
“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,” he said. “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?” Dukes sought clarification.
“Not fight again,” Jones said of Silva. “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.”
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