RIO DE JANEIRO – Anderson Silva is on the side of Jon Jones in the Jones fight against Israel Adesanya.
Adesanya (17-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) found himself locked in a war of words with Jones (24-1 MMA) in the previous period and after his interim victory in the medium title over Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 236 the end last week , 18-1 UFC), who is the current UFC light heavyweight champion.
The crux of the matter seems to arise from Adesanya's victory over Silva (34-9 MMA, 17-5 UFC) at UFC 234 in February and if Jones called "Stylebender" later or not. It has become an alternative to a future fight, and after witnessing all this, Silva believes that Adesanya was out of place.
"As I see it, as an athlete, he did not respect Jon Jones," Silva told reporters, including MMA Junkie, today in Brazil. "I think for the business, for (UFC president) Dana (White), it's great, it's a big business for the UFC, regardless of whether they fight or not, the UFC wins, and the fans, but there's a lack of I think he crossed the line a bit. "
Silva said he understands that Adesanya is "young" and full of vigor, yet he is a traditionalist and believes it is important to show respect for the most successful fighters who have been in the game for a long time. Adesanya showed that respect to "The Spider" before their meeting earlier this year, and he believes the same should happen to Jones.
"Over time, he will learn to deal with those things," Silva said. "I think you have to respect everything Jon Jones has done, they are two great fighters, in the future, who knows, they could fight, but I am from a time when you have honor, you respect everyone's space. opinion ".
Silva said he is not trying to shoot Adesanya. However, the former longtime champion has seen and done a lot in the sport, and although he knows that meat could help build a big fight on the line, he would like Adesanya to be more reserved.
"That's my personal opinion because Israel is young and Jon Jones has a great history for a long time in this sport," Silva said. "I think Adesanya needs to respect Jon Jones, but for the business, it's good for Dana.
"I respect all the fighters, especially Jon Jones, Jon Jones is my younger brother and I have no problem talking about Jon Jones, he's the best fighter in the world."
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