During the UFC 165 conference call this week, Jon Jones was front and center answering many questions. Though a large portion of these questions consisted of comparisons to Gustaffson, it was the ones placing Jones and Anderson Silva in the same category that got under the light heavyweight champion’s skin. On whether he thought he was unbeatable like many people thought Anderson was, he stated “I absolutely know that I am not unbeatable. There is no one that is unbeatable. I don’t compare myself to Anderson Silva and the fight that he lost, it has nothing to do with me” In fact, Jones does not even believe that the two are on even anywhere near the same level in their careers. He clarifies this saying “Silva has been in the game for a long time and maybe he’s at the end of his career, but I just turned 26 years-old, I have no injuries, I am at the very beginning of my career. We are at completely different stages as far as drive and motivation.”
Jon Jones quickly realized that his statement could possibly be taken as an insult to Anderson, and corrected himself as to not give the impression that he was questioning Silva’s motivation. “I can’t say drive or motivation, but we are at completely different levels in where we are at. He’s been doing this for so long and I am just getting started.” Maybe Jon Jones is not the arrogant young kid he has been portrayed to be in the MMA community anymore. He is certainly getting older and more experienced, and with experience and age comes humility.