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As much as Jon Jones admires and looks up to former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva, he would never even think about fighting with his hands down like “The Spider’ did against Chris Weidman at UFC 162, and also says seeing Silva lose the way he did was a reality check.

When Anderson Silva coughed up his 185-pound throne to Chris Weidman last weekend (July 6, 2013) at UFC 162, fans and fighters alike were left in shock and disbelief.

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.”

His words during today’s (July 9, 2013) UFC 165 press conference:

“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.

His words:

“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.

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UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman

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Event Title: UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman
Points Awarded: 68
Event Rank: #484 out of 1987
Bout My Pick Result Points
Anderson Silva
Chris Weidman
Chris Weidman
Judge’s decision
Split decision
Chris Weidman
Fight ends in round 2
KO / TKO
+2 points (underdog bonus)
7
Mark Munoz
Tim Boetsch
Tim Boetsch
Fight ends in round 3
KO / TKO
Mark Munoz
Judge’s decision
Unanimous/majority decision
0
Frank Edgar
Charles Oliveira
Frank Edgar
Judge’s decision
Unanimous/majority decision
Frank Edgar
Judge’s decision
Unanimous/majority decision
11
Dennis Siver
Cub Swanson
Cub Swanson
Judge’s decision
Unanimous/majority decision
Cub Swanson
Fight ends in round 3
KO / TKO
5
Roger Gracie
Tim Kennedy
Tim Kennedy
Fight ends in round 1
KO / TKO
Tim Kennedy
Judge’s decision
Unanimous/majority decision
5
Chris Leben
Andrew Craig
Andrew Craig
Judge’s decision
Unanimous/majority decision
Andrew Craig
Judge’s decision
Split decision
14
Brian Melancon
Seth Baczynski
Seth Baczynski
Fight ends in round 2
KO / TKO
Brian Melancon
Fight ends in round 1
KO / TKO
0
Norman Parke
Kazuki Tokudome
Norman Parke
Fight ends in round 1
Submission / Tapout
Norman Parke
Judge’s decision
Unanimous/majority decision
5
David Mitchell
Mike Pierce
Mike Pierce
Judge’s decision
Unanimous/majority decision
Mike Pierce
Fight ends in round 2
KO / TKO
5
Edson Barboza
Rafaello Oliveira
Edson Barboza
Fight ends in round 2
KO / TKO
Edson Barboza
Fight ends in round 2
KO / TKO
11
Dave Herman
Gabriel Gonzaga
Gabriel Gonzaga
Judge’s decision
Unanimous/majority decision
Gabriel Gonzaga
Fight ends in round 1
KO / TKO
5
68
Fighters labeled as “Heavy Underdog” reward a +2 point bonus when they are picked and win their bout.

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The conclusion of our interview with former UFC welterweight champion, Matt Serra, where he will continue the discussion of his career plans, talk about camp members, both current and former, Patrick Cote‘s legendary house parties and about the legacy he leaves behind.

Yesterday, I posted the first half of a great interview I did with former UFC welterweight champion, Matt Serra. It covered a variety of subjects that included his health issues, longstanding feud with Matt Hughes and career plans. Today, I bring you part 2, where he will continue the discussion of his career plans, talk about camp members, both current and former, Patrick Cote’s legendary house parties and about the legacy he leaves behind. If you missed part 1, you can find it here. For now, here is what Matt had to say in the conclusion of the interview:

Continued Career Discussion

I’m the farthest thing from a hater if any of the former guys do the post UFC commentary shows. I would never knock anybody for doing them. Kenny Florian, I knew that guy from back in the day, and I’m so happy for him. The job is all about if it suits you or not. I think Chael and Kenny do an amazing job.

Listen, I’m open to ideas and stuff like that. First and foremost, I’m gonna be at my schools teaching. I know it might sound lame to you, but listen, if I had all the money in the world, I’d be doing exactly what I’m doing, and that’s a good thing. Right now, I’ve been sidelined at my house, and I miss going to the schools. Don’t get me wrong, I love my family, but I love teaching and hanging out with the guys.

My thing is that I can’t be everywhere. I’ve got my two schools going, and now I have a third in Bayside, Queens. It’s an affiliate that one of my black belts is running. The affiliation thing is pretty big, and another of my black belts has an affiliate school in Myrtle Beach. It’s good and we’re spreading the love.

Luke Cummo

Oh man, I love Luke, I’m just a little concerned. I have no idea what’s going on with the guy. We played some phone tag when I found out he was back in town. He’s a good kid. When he was on TUF, he was always a little quirky and different, but it was a cool kind of different. I don’t know what’s going on now. When I watch his stuff, it doesn’t seem like the guy I know, so it’s hard for me to comment on it. I really do care for the guy, though.

Costa Philippou

Costa’s not flying our flag anymore. He went over to Bellmore Kickboxing, just to make that clear. I love Costa. He’s a good dude. He just wanted a change. Me and him are always cool, you know, but he just wanted a change. He went a couple towns over to Bellmore Kickboxing with Keith Trimble, who is a very cool guy. It’s a pretty cool camp and Longo brings guys over there for sparring, and vice versa. It’s all good. It’s all friendly, but he’s just not going to be carrying the Serra-Longo flag anymore, for sure. I wish him nothing but the best for his career.

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Gabriel Gonzaga will fill in for the injured Shane Del Rosario against Dave Herman at UFC 162: “Silva vs. Weidman” on July 6, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The injury bug has struck an upcoming Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight contest slated to take place this summer.

Shane Del Rosario, who was expected to face Dave Herman at UFC 162 on July 6, 2013, has been forced off the card due to injury and will be replaced by former divisional title challenger Gabriel Gonzaga.

UFC officials announced news of the switch on Friday (May 31, 2013) evening on Twitter. The nature of Del Rosario’s injury was not revealed.

Herman (21-5) is in a do-or-die situation after returning from rehab, a stint that was required by UFC after he failed his UFC 153 drug test for marijuana (details here). In addition to having lost three straight fights inside the Octagon, it was the second time in his ZUFFA career that “Pee Wee” tested positive for the drug.

Gonzaga (14-7) is also in need of a victory after suffering an underwhelming first-round knockout loss to Travis Browne at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale in April.

The defeat snapped a three-fight win-streak for “Napao” and despite claims of illegal blows to the back of his head, the result of the fight stood.

At 34 years old, Gonzaga will need to bounce back with a sharp performance if he hopes to stay employed.

Herman vs. Gonzaga will take place on the preliminary portion of the UFC 162 fight card, which is expected to broadcasted on FX and streamed via Facebook.

UFC 162: “Silva vs. Weidman” is headlined by a middleweight championship contest as top-ranked pound-for-pound fighter and longtime 185-pound kingpin Anderson Silvaputs his title on the line against undefeated “All American” Chris Weidman.

Former lightweight titleholder Frankie Edgar is back at 145 pounds to challenge jiu-jitsu ace Charles Oliveira, while streaking featherweight contender Cub Swanson tries to bang it out with German kickboxer Dennis Siver.

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Considering how much fanfare an Anderson Silva vs. Jon Jones “super fight” might bring UFC, Chris Weidman may need to consider taking a dive one for the team — or risk becoming the most hated man in all of MMA.

Sorry, but we need to take a break from the broken penises and hungover Octagon girls in order to circle back to the “super fight” chatter.

Reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight kingpin, Anderson Silva, will defend his title against division number one contender Chris Weidman at the upcoming UFC 162: “Silva vs. Weidman” pay-per-view (PPV) event, scheduled for July 6, 2013 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

But you knew that (I hope).

What you may not have known, is that UFC President Dana White has already booked another “Spider” fight for later this year, assuming the consensus number one pound-for-pound fighter in all of mixed martial arts (MMA) can avoid being upset by the “All American.”

From “Gametime” at CBS Atlanta:

“Silva has a fight coming up on July 6, he’s fighting Chris Weidman. Many people think this is a very serious threat to his record and his title and everything else. But if he gets past this test with Weidman, we could see this [Jones] super fight this year.”

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.

If Silva prevails, the onus will be on UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones to make good on his promise to compete at least two more times in 2013. Assuming he can finish his recovery on this injury and break this record in late summer or early fall (see potential candidates here), then “Bones” would be free as a bird by New Year’s Eve.

Unless.

None of this really means anything if Weidman “exposes” his opponent over the Fourth of July Weekend. Likewise, there are a couple of 205-pounders who would love nothing more than to play spoiler. Not that anyone has been able to do it yet in either division, but hey, this is MMA and anything can happen.

It still hasn’t stopped this person from mapping out a retirement plan.

Rainier Ehrhardt

Silva was scheduled for several media appearance on Tuesday afternoon but chose to fly back to Brazil instead. In response, the UFC has punished him with a $50K fine.

On Monday, the UFC Middleweight champ Anderson decided he’d rather head home to Brazil than attend a UFC 162 media event. The media day was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon to coincide with tickets for the July 7 event going on sale this week. Silva’s appearance was supposed to help build the headlining fight where he’ll attempt to defend his title against Chris Weidman.

In response to his absence, UFC president Dana White announced that the promotion fined Silva $50K (via MMA Junkie):

We had a full media day set up for him in Los Angeles, and he just decided he didn’t want to do it, so he’s being fined $50,000.

He doesn’t like talking to the media, but it’s part of his contractual obligation,” White said. “Everybody wants more money, more money, more money, but nobody wants to sell the fight or go out and talk to the media. Talking to the media is part of your job, whether you like it or not.

The last headliner to skip out on a media event was Nick Diaz, who blew off a press conference prior to his scheduled championship fight at UFC 137. Diaz was immediately removed from the fight and replaced by Carlos Condit. White explained the lesser punishment for Silva by saying this “was just a smaller media day (not a press conference), but it’s still not acceptable.” So, Anderson is still all set to face Weidman as the main event of UFC 162 in Las Vegas, NV on July 7.

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See the first poster for the upcoming UFC 162 pay-per-view (PPV) event on July 6, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada, which features a 185-pound title fight between division champion Anderson Silva and No. 1 contender Chris Weidman.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) today unveiled its first look at the poster for its upcoming Fourth of July Weekend pay-per-view (PPV) extravaganza, which takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 6, 2013.

Get ready for a title change, according to this guy.

UFC 162: “Silva vs. Weidman” is headlined by a middleweight championship contest as top-ranked pound-for-pound fighter and longtime 185-pound kingpin Anderson Silva puts his title on the line against undefeated mat rat Chris Weidman.

That’s not all.

Former UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar tries to get back into the win column at the expense of jiu-jitsu wunderkind Charles Oliveira, while Chan Sung Jung battles Ricardo Lamas for the right to challenge for the promotion’s 145-pound title.

Here’s a look at the full monty:

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