It was the fantasy fight that never was. Now that Anderson Silva’s mixed martial arts career is seemingly over, the man that could have co-starred opposite Silva in the biggest fight MMA had to offer is paying homage to the game’s GOAT.
Reigning UFC light heavyweight king Jon Jones (pictured), who will now be called upon to carry the UFC into the next generation, took to Twitter Sunday to praise Silva for everything he has done for the sport.
“Just want to thank Anderson Silva for the years of entertainment and inspiration,” Jones tweeted. “Pain is temporary, your legacy will be talked about for generations. Congratulations on achieving greatness. Honored to have been a witness.”
Neither Silva nor the UFC have announced if the most decorated champion in Octagon history will in fact retire following the horrific broken leg he suffered Saturday against middleweight champ Chris Weidman at UFC 168, but it’s hard to believe the 38-year-old would want to return when he has nothing left to prove at this stage of his illustrious career.
At the same time, what would he even look like with one less weapon in his arsenal at his advanced age?
When Jones was asked if he thought Silva was done, “Bones” said Silva’s days inside the cage were over, but the charismatic Brazilian has plenty of other options to choose from.
“Fighting? yes. Career wise? [Sky’s] the limit,” Jones stated.
Silva owns a 33-3 professional record. He holds UFC records with 10 consecutive title defenses and 16 straight wins prior to getting knocked out by Weidman in July.