Jon Jones Believes Anderson Silva ‘Still Has It’

Written by Tom Ngo
February 29th, 2016

UFC Jon Jones

After former UFC middleweight king Anderson Silva dropped a highly controversial unanimous decision to Michael Bisping on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 84, many are wondering if “The Spider” should continue fighting.

Silva turns 41 in April and has posted a non-Silva-like 0-3-1 mark since humiliating Stephan Bonnar in October 2012. Oh, and let’s not forget about the mysterious blue vial from Thailand that caused him to pop positive for multiple performance-enhancing drugs 14 months ago, which forever tarnished his once-GOAT résumé.

While some might argue Silva has probably been abusing PEDs his entire career and just now finally got caught, others will say it’s simply something an aging athlete desperately attempted during his twilight years to try and prolong an illustrious career. Don’t ask Silva, however. He still says he’s never taken any PEDs…

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones (pictured), who at just 28 will likely go down as the game’s greatest fighter when it’s all said and done, believes Silva showed him enough against Bisping to prove he has plenty left in the tank. In fact, Jones thinks Silva could have won if he stepped on the gas pedal more, and nobody would be talking retirement.

After watching Silva nearly KO Bisping with a knee to the grill to close out the third round, it’s hard to argue that the standup assassin still isn’t lethal. The question is, can he provide those explosive busts more frequently at his advanced age to still be an elite fighter?

Silva showed enough against Bisping to silence his doubters, at least for now. Perhaps how he performs in his next outing will determine if he should call it a career, or hang on for the sake of it, like fellow former UFC champs Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Wanderlei Silva and Lyoto Machida, and know he will never again hoist the hardware.

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