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Jon Jones: Anderson Silva would have beaten Michael Bisping if he 'stayed aggressive'

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Jon Jones is a longtime fan and a friend of Anderson Silva. And his analysis of the fight Saturday was along the lines of what many fans of "The Spider" were saying.

Jones, the former UFC light heavyweight champion, tweeted Saturday night that Silva would have beaten Michael Bisping he just would have "stayed aggressive" throughout the main event fight at UFC Fight Night 84 in London.

Bisping beat Silva by unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47) in a back and forth fight that was not without controversy. Silva hit Bisping with a flying knee at the end of the third round and thought the fight was over after Bisping collapsed in a heap. But referee Herb Dean never stepped in and the round ended. Silva thought the fight was over and he had won, so he began celebrating. He had to be told the fight would continue.

Silva, 40, confounded fans with some of his usual antics in the Octagon, the wild hand motions, the leaving his chin exposed. It was vintage Silva, but Bisping was able to clip him unlike anyone was able to do in his prime and Silva never seemed to really try hard for a finish -- aside from the third-round knee, which he didn't follow up on. Silva did the most damage throughout, though. Bisping's face was a bloody mess when it was over and Silva hurt him badly in the third and fifth rounds.

Because of those instances, Jones came away thinking the former UFC middleweight champion still had a lot of that Silva of old in him.

Silva, who still holds the record for most consecutive UFC title defends, had not fought since a fight with Nick Diaz at UFC 183 in January 2015. He beat Diaz by unanimous decision, but the bout was overturned due to Silva's pre-fight and fight-night positive drug tests for steroids. Silva was suspended for a year and fined by the Nevada Athletic Commission for the violations.