During a press conference Tuesday in support of his fight with Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165, the UFC light heavyweight champion gave his response to the fight saying:
“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.
The 25-year-old champ tweeted, “This sucks” directly after Silva got KO’d but insisted that he won’t let it happen to him.
“It actually motivates me a lot, too, to watch somebody who I look up to lose,” Jones 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.”