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Thiago Silva and Jon Jones Don’t Like Each Other One Bit


("Here Brandon, I’ll play you out of the UFC with a drum solo.")

When Thiago Silva decided to showboat a little by playing the bongos on Brandon Vera‘s back during their UFC 125 bout, UFC light heavyweight contender Jon Jones took to Twitter to voice his disapproval.

"Wow that slapping was so disrespectful.. id love to give him a slap in the face," Jones wrote.

During an interview with MMAFighting.com, "Bones" explained his reaction to Silva’s grandstanding.

"It kind of bugged me, only because we all fight, and just losing alone is humiliating enough. It’s embarrassing. … Think about all the people who watched those fights. All [the Brandon Vera] fans, all the members at his school, all the kids that look up to him. Man, it just kind of rubbed me the wrong way," he explained. "It’s not something I would ever want done to me and it’s not something I would ever do to someone else. … There’s ways of looking for an opening besides playing pattycake on a guy’s back."

In a recent Q&A with Tatame, Silva attempted to explain why he pulled the seemingly disrespectful stunt.


"We never do anything without a reason. What I did in there was to take his focus away. The only provocation I did was when I slapped him on his back, the others I did because my hands were aching when I punched him because I broke my finger. So it would open me the way to try a submission or something like it. The only provocation was that one so he would lose his focus, and there’s no other reason."

As far as Jones’ appraisal of Thiago’s behavior and the Team Jackson standout’s remark that he wanted to slap his American Top Team trained counterpart in the face, Silva sloughed off the idle threat.

"This guy is a jerk. Everybody’s a professional fighter and all fights include provocations. Brandon Vera said he’s break my legs, that I wasn’t on his level. I don’t say things, I do. You get recognized when you do things. I’m a professional fighter, but I can’t always please everybody. There’s always somebody behind the computer with a plate filled with French fries, ready to criticize you. I fight for the fans, for the money and to put my name up there. Talking is too much easy, nobody knows what goes on in your life, your trainings… I think I did my job. Who likes it, likes it, but you can dislike it if you want."

Unfortunately for the UFC, Silva is fighting Quinton "Rampage" Jackson next at UFC 130 while Jones is set to face Ryan Bader at UFC 126 and by the time the duo is free to face each other, the pre-fabbed feud will have long since fizzled.

That’s not to say that the fight won’t happen, though. 

Many fans and pundits feel that the winner of Jones and Bader will be in line for a title fight, but considering Bader is the first legit challenge Jones will have faced, should he beat "Darth," he’ll likely still have to get past another contender before getting a shot at the belt.

It’s more likely that the winner of the UFC 130 bout between Randy Couture and Lyoto Machida will get a shot at the winner of Rashad Evans and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.

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dranokills- January 15, 2011 at 9:54 am
sounds to me like you have first hand experience with being taz'd.
here's a clue for your dumb ass.....don't be a criminal.
There ya go, lesson for the day, now go forth and get a job.
Waxedpants- January 15, 2011 at 8:04 am
I don't eat french fries

Being able to back something up doesn't make it right

Cops are able to back up whatever the hell they want by tazering your ass but it still fucking sucks nazi style when they do .
Mir please break Brocks neck- January 14, 2011 at 12:06 pm
Thiago Silva is one of my top 5 most exciting fighters... He is awesome to watch and is very entertaining. I think he can say these things because HE CAN BACK THEM UP. Case in point: Vera (who I like too) is now unemployed. Not sure about you calling him a 'thug'....he's well spoken, dedicated and is one tough SOB. Did you want ketchup with those fries?
Waxedpants- January 14, 2011 at 11:42 am
@myklhoey I'm from Boston too -- we're not known for our great attitudes or our great spelling but even I had trouble deciphering your post
Waxedpants- January 14, 2011 at 11:36 am
Lots of fighters who speak no english at all manage to smile a little and show some personality and not stare at the floor like someone who just got put in a time out for stealing another kids toy
-- he actually understands english very well and speaks it better then a lot of guys who at least try.

having a hot girlfriend means nothing -- hot girls are generally stupid and crave abusive men ..... this has been scientifically proven and is no longer up for debate..

I enjoy heels in the sport ---- KOS is a great example -- love to hate him -- love to hate brock too but thats not as satisfying since cain made him do the jimmy-leg shuffle all over the octagon.

Eyes red as Fedor- January 13, 2011 at 8:50 pm
For all any of us know Thiago Silva is hysterical and really charismatic when speaking Portugese; its hard to judge a person's true character based off of tiny video clips where he's not even speaking his native language. His smokin' hot Brazilian girlfriend seems to think he's an alright dude.

Part of his job is to entertain and the fact that we're all talking about him seems to suggest he's done a damn good job of that. The sport needs heels just as much as it needs charismatic good guy types like Randy and GSP.

Masturhaters gotta get off somehow.
dranokills- January 13, 2011 at 7:30 pm
myklhoey Says:
Fri, 01/14/2011 - 03:24

@dranokills
waxedpants said he thot that thiago was the biggest thug prick in mma,
i was sayin i agree but also put the diaz brothas on that list as well.
or may be u were jus refferin to my spellin, i type how i talk wich is a boston accsent, and if i can spell a word usin less lettas but readable i do it, or sometimes the word is jus to freakin hard for me 2 spell and i butcha it,
on these here foroms wen someone wants to dump on me thats wat they attack the gramma, and wood ya beleve im ritin a book rite now, look for " The High Life"
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took me like 5 minutes to work it out, but seriously...the high life?? I can see you are living your work.
look when you learn how to type come on back till then your gonna get ignored fool.
Lane31- January 13, 2011 at 6:29 pm
Thiago gave mma fans the closet thing to a refund you can get. Vera's had more decisions than Ryan Seacrest at a Dildo factory.
myklhoey- January 13, 2011 at 4:24 pm
@dranokills
waxedpants said he thot that thiago was the biggest thug prick in mma,
i was sayin i agree but also put the diaz brothas on that list as well.
or may be u were jus refferin to my spellin, i type how i talk wich is a boston accsent, and if i can spell a word usin less lettas but readable i do it, or sometimes the word is jus to freakin hard for me 2 spell and i butcha it,
on these here foroms wen someone wants to dump on me thats wat they attack the gramma, and wood ya beleve im ritin a book rite now, look for " The High Life"
Waxedpants- January 13, 2011 at 1:55 pm
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Waxedpants- January 13, 2011 at 1:54 pm
Falco and the Diaz bros are both way up there on the thug douchebaggery list, no doubt.

Just something about thiago that makes me want to shoot him in the face, the way he carries himself , his macho monkey posturing , his ghetto mean mugging.

just fucking hate the guy

At least the diaz brothers are funny as hell sometimes.

thiago is just a prick
MonsterMaulingAss- January 13, 2011 at 1:22 pm
Absolutely no way does the winner of Machida V couture gets the next title shot, that would make NO sense. If anything the winner of silva v rampage(*cough, rampage) will face the winner of jones v bader(*cough, jones) for the next #1 contender.
qrampagej- January 13, 2011 at 1:21 pm
Makes no sense if Machida gets beat twice for the title (KTFO'ed the 2nd time) and gets another title shot by beating a 47 yo Randy Couture! That's like getting beat twice for the title and getting another shot by beating Randy Couture! WTF?
Waxedpants- January 13, 2011 at 1:02 pm
@dranokills

not sure but he did remind of the thiago-jardine fight ...... I think thats when my hatred of thiago took shape

gang banging scumbag tough guys act like that ..... prison style thuggery
no place for it in mma
dranokills- January 13, 2011 at 12:58 pm
myklhoey Says:
Thu, 01/13/2011 - 22:22

@waxedpants
i wood agree if u included the diaz brothas, i was heated wen he did that, but i stopped likin this guy afta he fot the dean of mean, afta he knockem out,he pointed down at him and started takin nek,
royce graices antha piece of crap wit no respect for fellow fiters, i forget who he fot but afta the dude tapped he literaly walk on him to get ova to his corna,
i guess im a hypocrite tho cause randy did it wen he spanked tito and i didnt get to upset,
but ya i love rampage and hope he dosnt go to the judges again but knocks this fool out
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yeah
yeaaahh
what in blue FUCK did this guy just say?
anyone....anyone.....BUELLER...BUELLER!
Waxedpants- January 13, 2011 at 12:48 pm
I had another comment just now that was flagged for possibly being spam ? --- is it because I said I wanted to shoot thiago in the face ? is that not legal here?

just an opinion , I think he should be shot in the face
uzitotinbaby- January 13, 2011 at 12:47 pm
If Rampage beats Silva he'll probably get the next shot. Machida probably won't get a shot with a win over Randy, but it's possible Randy might if he somehow manages to beat Machida. Shogun said it would be an honor to fight Randy, and the UFC would love to put on another Randy title fight before he calls it quits. Both Jones and Bader need another good win. Either way, there's some great match-ups coming at 205.
philoebeddoe- January 13, 2011 at 12:47 pm
Thiago is awesome. Jones is Awesome. I think Jones is more talented but Thiago is a mean dude. I would love to see them go at it.
Waxedpants- January 13, 2011 at 12:46 pm
It wasn't just playing the bongos on vera's back .... if anyone deserves to have the bongos played on them in front of his hot girlfriend it's vera ( though he has been less douchey lately )

As far as randy spanking tito ---- some people can get away with actions which others cannot .. it's based on attitute and personal charisma.
case in point --- creepy unattractive guy serenades a girl outside her house in the middle of the night = he gets arrested for stalking

good looking dude with some money does the same thing = romantic story she will tell all her friends about for the rest of her life .

life ain't fair
Reaper0fTheGrim- January 13, 2011 at 12:32 pm
Meh. I don't agree with the assessment that the winner of Machida Couture would likely get Shogun/Evans (well.. shogun to be exact hehe). Seeing as to how both Bones and "The Master" have got a ton of momentum, seem to dismantle every opponent , and are both undeafted ("I" consider Jones to be undefeated); I can't see Joe or Dana seeing it as a logical choice to put Machida (after hypothetically 1 win), or Couture (considering retirement therefor leaving the belt vacated if won) against the champ. I could see Couture fighting top level of competition for the remainder of his career, but never the champ, and I'd expect to see Machida Silva again if Machida manages to beat Couture, before seeing him get a title shot coming off of afew lackluster performances.
ArmFarmer- January 13, 2011 at 11:24 am
Can we just throw the Randy one out based on the simple fact that he was fighting tito when it occurred? I mean, does anyone really care if tito is disrespected?
ArmFarmer- January 13, 2011 at 11:22 am
Rashad was getting lit up by forrest and his taunting was just to say "that all you got? Bring it, lets do this!". No issue with that. Sometimes a fighters ahead on points and his pulling a caleb for a safe win, taunting that guy to get him to fight you instead of backpedal.. that's ok by me too. Randy's was questionable, but they were in a stalemate with tito holding onto his leg and he didn't have much else to do.. and he wasn't really brutalizing tito inbetween smacks.

I'm all for taunting your opponent to get in his head, show him you're not afraid, or to get him to engage.. but I view that differently than what thiago did, or anderson taunting demian while at the same time refusing to fight him.. not cool.


Sometimes it's necessary, sometimes it's tolerable, and sometimes it just makes you sick.
myklhoey- January 13, 2011 at 11:22 am
@waxedpants
i wood agree if u included the diaz brothas, i was heated wen he did that, but i stopped likin this guy afta he fot the dean of mean, afta he knockem out,he pointed down at him and started takin nek,
royce graices antha piece of crap wit no respect for fellow fiters, i forget who he fot but afta the dude tapped he literaly walk on him to get ova to his corna,
i guess im a hypocrite tho cause randy did it wen he spanked tito and i didnt get to upset,
but ya i love rampage and hope he dosnt go to the judges again but knocks this fool out
rearnakedchickenchoke- January 13, 2011 at 10:57 am
Jones vs Silva (not Alves) would be a good step up for him finally. Perhaps his call out will finally get him a contender to fight. Bader is good, but I would have liked to see Jones fight a contender like Silva and have Bader take his own path toward the belt. Maybe have them meet closer to the title shot if they both go that far.
El Guapo- January 13, 2011 at 10:51 am
Freedom fries... FUCK YEAH!!

And Bones Jones better worry about Bader. If him and Silva meet down the line, so be it. But first things first. "I'm full of focus, man."
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