Chris Weidman rose to the occasion in the biggest fight of his career on Saturday when he knocked out former Middleweight king Anderson Silva to take title. Despite Weidman getting the big win, much of the focus in the wake of UFC 162 has been on Silva's antics throughout the 6 minutes preceding the finish. As Anderson has been known to do in the past, he spent much of the time taunting and mocking his opponent instead of engaging. When Weidman landed the left hook that led to the finish, Silva was standing in front of him with both hands down trying to slip strikes and has been widely criticized for it since.
It actually motivates me a lot to watch somebody who I look up to like that lose. It's like a reality check. I try to keep my ego in check when it comes to the fight game. Watching Anderson lose like that; first of all, that's something I would never do, is put my hands down and fight my opponent that way. Seeing Chris Weidman's dream come true, it motivates me to be a dream crusher.
I think Anderson Silva is a magnificent fighter. I think that he has an extraordinary gift. I think he's gotten to the point where he really believes in his gift and he's comfortable with his gift. He abused his gift, disrespected his gift, by disrespecting his opponent. Martial arts is a sport that is traditionally based around honor and integrity. You treat people with respect. He somehow lost sight of that and paid the ultimate price for it. I'm not over the Anderson Silva hype train. He was fighting at a masterful level, he just got disrespectful and the War Gods made him pay for it. He's still great in my book.
Jones isn't the only one who hasn't lost faith in Silva's abilities. The former Middleweight champ opened as the betting favorite for a possible rematch against his usurper. If UFC president Dana White has his way, the two will meet sometime in 2014.
"Bones" will have his chance to continue crushing dreams when he faces Alexander Gustafsson on September 21. The two will meet as the UFC 165 main event at the Air Canada Center in Toronto, Canada.