UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones says he hopes Anderson Silva 'just stays away' from MMA

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Following the grotesque break of the former middleweight king's leg at UFC 168, Jones advises "The Spider" that it may be time to hang up his gloves.

The main event of 168 ended in spectacular and shocking fashion as middleweight challenger Anderson Silva snapped his leg across the shin of champion Chris Weidman in the second round of their title fight. As Silva fell to the ground, Weidman celebrated his first successful title defense. Since that moment, there has been a lot of speculation about Silva's future as a UFC fighter.

When asked by a local Washington, D.C. radio show, UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones gave his opinion on what Silva should do next (via CBS Local):

"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."

This sentiment from Jones should resonate with many fans who have said Silva has done more than enough for the sport and is not obligated to give more if he decides he shouldn't. On the other side of that coin, if Silva still feels the need to compete and test himself, he absolutely has the right to do that as well.

Jones is set to make his seventh title defense at UFC 172 at the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, MD on April 26. He'll face off against first-time contender Glover Teixeira in the main event.

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