Just moments after the judges awarded Anderson Silva his first Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) victory in just over two years this past weekend (Sat., Jan. 31, 2015) in the main event of UFC 183 (highlights here), "The Spider" scaled the Octagon to greet his good friend, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.
As they embraced, the mixed martial arts (MMA) community looked on in awe as the former middleweight champion was metaphorically passing the torch to the outstanding light heavyweight champion.
So, why exactly did the Brazilian jump over the cage to embrace Jones on Saturday night?
"Jones is my friend. I talk to Jones all the time. He's young. He has all the problems. All the people hear his problems. There are problems in the world. The people talk (that) this guy is bad. He's not bad. When I talk to Jones, I say, bro, I like you bro. You need to change. All the kids are watching you, the families are watching you. You're the best fighter now. You need to change everything."
Pretty inspiring from "The Spider."
Silva is of course discussing Jones' issues with the recent positive cocaine test among a long line of slip-ups from the current UFC champion. Will Jones heed Silva's message, and ultimately surpass the Brazilian as the greatest of all time? Or will he continue on his own path, and slip up once more?
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