Roy Jones, Hryunov Shocked: Kiss Silva Fight Goodbye
By Edward Chaykovsky
Russian promoter Vladimir "красивый" Hryunov, and 44-year-old former champion Roy Jones Jr. (57-8, 40KOs), were shocked by the unexpected ending to the rematch between 38-year-old Anderson Silva (33-6 in MMA, 16-2 in the UFC) and Chris Weidman (11-0).
Hryunov was planning to stage a cross-sport showdown between the two fighters. Earlier, Weidman knocked out Silva in the second round, snapping Silva's near seven year undefeated run and 16-0 streak in the UFC.
On Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Silva was stopped in the second round after a Weidman checked his leg kick - and Silva badly broke his left shin and fell to the mat in pain. Replays showed the shin grotesquely snapping in half.
Jones made good on his promise, traveling to Las Vegas to watch the rematch from ringside (pictured below at the MGM), as he hoped to challenge Silva after the match. The injury to Silva will keep him on the shelf for a very long time, potentially for most of next year and might end his fighting career for good.
After years of calling each other out, the battle between Jones and Silva was never meant to happen.
If it's boxing rules, Jones would murder him. Even though both men are way beyond their best years (but were arguably the greatest p4p fighters in their primes), I always love watching an MMA thug step into boxing rules, and…Comment by SlyRaccoon on 12-29-2013
It's amazing to see such a skilled fighter just crash and burn like that. You can tell he was scared of Weidman and Weidman was confident.. He beautifully timed that check with the knee. Weidman is looking unbeatable idkComment by TaurusJ27 on 12-29-2013
The people who had bets on Silva to win that rematch probably fainted last night.Comment by jondacon on 12-29-2013
Silva obviously broke his leg to avoid RJJ. Silva is Duccing Jones!!!!!...... [COLOR="White"]im kidding.[/COLOR]Comment by ShoulderRoll on 12-29-2013
Silva spared himself from a butt whooping. That was a nasty leg break though.Post a Comment/View More User Comments (17)