Among them was Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones, who took to his Twitter account immediately afterward to express his feelings on what he had just witnessed (see it here).
"Bones" was rightfully upset, seeing as how many believed he was one win away from a much-desired "super fight" against the former middleweight king. The loss not only crushed that fight, but also cost the 205-pound champion a potentially huge payday.
Aside from being upset at the fact that he lost out on his chance to be the first man to hand Silva his first loss inside the Octagon, Jones says seeing Anderson lose was a reality check.
Furthermore, "Bones" says he would never even think about fighting with hands down at his waist like "The Spider" did in "Sin City."
"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."
Speaking of gameplans, as Jones prepares to defend his title against Alexander Gustafsson in the main event of UFC 165 on Sept., 21, 2013 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the Jackson-Winkeljohn fighter is determined to prove to fans that the distinct size advantage he holds over most of the 205-pound division isn't the sole reason for his success.
"I definitely would like to prove to people that my size isn't the only reason why I've made it this far, it's also my mental approach to the game. I'll definitely try to prove I can kickbox with Alexander Gustafsson. I kickboxed with Shogun Rua, Lyoto Machida and Rampage Jackson. I know the safest place I can fight him and also for the fans and my own ego. I see it pretty clearly with his strengths and weaknesses like I do with every opponent."
That size advantage, however, will be nonexistent against the six-foot, five-inch Swede (see the evidence here).
And while taunting and disrespecting his opponents has never been a part of Jon's repertoire, after seeing one of the greatest of all time pay the price for "taking it too far" with his antics, it will likely remain that way.
It's a good thing too, because pulling those shenanigans against a fighter as dangerous as "The Mauler" could prove disastrous for anyone.