When an injury is as devastating as the one Anderson Silva suffered this past Saturday night (Dec. 28, 2013) against Chris Weidman at UFC 168 -- which aired live on pay per view (PPV) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada -- there is the chance that a fighter will think twice about imploring the same method of striking when it comes time for them to enter the Octagon.
In the case of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, "The Spider's" limb-snapping loss at the leg check of Weidman (see the pics here) will not change "Bones'" fighting style moving forward.
No Anderson's last fight will not change my psychology towards kicking at all, that was just an extremely unfortunate situation— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) December 30, 2013
This is particularly interesting coming from Jones, a fighter who utilizes his long limbs to pick apart his opponent's lower half and does so accurately. For example, according to FightMetric, in his most recent bout against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165, Jones threw 65 leg kicks, landing 53 of them for a whopping 82-percent success rate.
If the phenomenon of legs shattering due to throwing kicks is going to happen to anyone, Jones would be a prime candidate, solely for the amount of times he uses them.
Then again, he may have already watched this video from Bas Rutten.
If the 19-1 champion doesn't plan on changing his gameplan at all, maybe it would be good for number one contender Glover Teixeira to enter the school of "leg checking" prior to his date with the 205-pound kingpin at UFC 171.