Jordan Breen makes a case for Anderson Silva emulating Roy Jones Jr:
Virtually none of Silva’s opponents have been able to hit him, not unlike the prime Jones. Fans and pundits alike expect truly great fighters to brutally dispatch opponents who have nothing for them, especially those great fighters with offensive acumen like Silva and Jones. Instead, Jones willfully opted to win lopsided unanimous decisions by 12- to 14-point scorecard margins, doing just enough to embarrass his opposition, throwing 40-some punches a round against dead-to-rites opponents. Silva, likewise, has succeeded only in making Cote and Leites inert, leg kicking and foot punching, while ultimately doing more damage to his own reputation than his foes’.
And, much like a prime Jones, Silva seems to care very little for the contempt that his last two performances have engendered. Their motivations may differ — there was always discussion about Jones’ fear for his own mortality, having seen fellow boxers die in the ring, a reality that doesn’t present itself as vividly to Silva — but Silva’s insistence that “people don’t get what happens in here” echoes Jones’ refrains of the past.
Revisionist history on why Anderson Silva has never been a draw and a terrible, forced reference to Albert Camus’ L’Etranger aside, I generally agree with Breen’s assessment: this does seem a lot like we’re trapped in some sort of terrible boxing twilight zone right here.