Roy Jones Jr. was among the thousands of people in attendance at The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, last Saturday night (Dec. 28, 2013) to witness the UFC 168 main event title fight between Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman and ex-division titleholder Anderson Silva.
What he, and the rest of the crowd saw, was "The Spider" break his leg in the second round on "All American's" shin.
Another thing Jones saw was his potential boxing match against his friend go out the window, something that is the furthest thing from Jones' (and Silva's) mind at this point.
Speaking to Hustle Boss, Jones gave his reaction to Silva's injury and subsequent loss and details what he told Anderson when he visited him at the hospital.
"Never upset because you have to understand that God does all things for a reason. That would be something that would be under his control. Anderson was prepared the best he could. Weidman is just a stronger guy and was getting the advantage. It don't mean Weidman was going to win, but it was looking like it was favorable to his side early. But Anderson was very focused and I've seen Anderson come back before. So, nothing was kind of out in the fight, it's just that he was so focused. And like I told him, 'Anytime you kick so hard and so fast that you break your leg on another guy's shin, that's pretty fast, pretty hard and focused.' Your force is what actually broke your own leg, you understand me? You had to be pretty on point to be banging like that, you understand where I'm coming from? So, there's a good side to everything. I went to his bedside yesterday and told him, 'You got to understand, that's beyond your control. Nobody on this planet would have said before that fight that Chris was going to check your kick and break your leg. Nobody on this planet would have said that.'"
The bad news for Silva -- aside from a cracked limb, of course -- is that the loss marked the second against Weidman in the span of five months. The good news is, that the surgeon that repaired his leg says he could be healed in six to nine months.
Whether the Brazilian bomber decides to heed the advice of his son and hang up his gloves for good, remains to be seen.
He has taken career advice from his children before.