“I Have No Problem With Tito Ortiz”- Jon Jones and Georges St-Pierre Laud Anderson Silva’s Boxing Victory

Published 09/25/2021, 6:28 AM EDT


Jon Jones and Georges St-Pierre recently appeared at the UFC Hall Of Fame induction ceremony. ‘Bones’ and ‘Rush’ are considered to be two of the greatest fighters in the history of the UFC along with the Brazilian legend Anderson Silva. Both Jones and St-Pierre were full of praise for Silva as ‘The Spider’ made an incredible transition to boxing.

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After beating former world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in his return to the squared ring, Silva took out the former UFC light-heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz in a devastating manner. The former UFC middleweight champion has amazed both St-Pierre and Jones.

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What an inspiring performance. I, myself, was very (skeptical). I was afraid for him when he fought (Julio Cesar) Chavez (Jr.) because Chavez is a real champion in boxing and he took him out of his comfort zone. It’s to the same level of his best performance of MMA. He did it in boxing. It was just incredible,” said St-Pierre at the recent UFC Hall Of Fame Gala.

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Rush‘ vs ‘The Spider’ is a bout that fans wanted to see. Unfortunately, they never got it, yet mutual respect exists between the two.

Jon Jones praises Anderson Silva

Another man fans wanted to see ‘The Spider‘ fight was Jon Jones. While Silva fought Jones’s bitter rival Daniel Cormier, he never crossed paths with ‘Bones’. Nevertheless, Jones was absolutely stunned by Silva’s transition to boxing.

Anderson Silva’s boxing match was beautiful. I have no problem with Tito Ortiz, but I love Anderson. I was so proud of him, to see him still hitting hard and just looking great. Still an inspiration, still inspiring me to this day. So thank you, Anderson,” said Jones.

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I just hope he will retire on top and not end his new boxing career like in UFC. At the end (in the UFC) it was kind of sad. I wish him the best of luck and I’m always a fan. I really enjoy watching him fight. As a fan, I want him to keep going, but as a human being, nobody can beat time. I just hope he’s healthy, happy and wealthy in everything and can take care of himself.” (h/t MMAJunkie.com)

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 30: Anderson Silva of Brazil poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at UFC APEX on October 30, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Silva, Jones, and St-Pierre are considered three of the greatest fighters to ever grace the UFC Octagon. So, it’s great to see the mutual respect between them.

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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