Originally Posted by Soojooko
Thats how evolution works. You evolve up to the point where you are better at everything then everything else. Then you stop evolving. eg. Sharks. Wasps. Crocodiles. Jon Jones.
The difference is, evolution in nature works through adaptation. The most fitting in given circumstances will survive. It just happens. Skills and knowledge in the fighting game is different. It doesn't just happen, but an individual fighter can actually consciously plan on what to work on and train for. He can think about the given problems that are already there and of ways on how to adapt to and how to solve them, but he can also think about theoretical problems that aren't yet there.
Silva was already (one of) the best MMA strikers coming into the UFC, yet he always came up with something new, so he made sure to be unpredictable and more than one step ahead.
And particularly with Silva's recent loss Jones definitely knows that he cannot rest on his laurels if he wants to stay champ, because hungry fighters are behind him who try to figure out his holes in the game to hunt him down.
Originally Posted by osmium
He will keep getting better but it will be less noticeable to most people as it generally won't be flashy techniques but small improvements in how he does things.
Yes, he's probably refining his skills. He started only a couple of years ago with his striking game and it just takes five or more years till striking becomes really natural. And as someone mentioned, as he never was forced to a plan B (besides the armbar by Belfort) we've never seen things he's maybe getting much better in.