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Report: Roy Jones, Jr. interested in boxing match with Anderson Silva

This story has some serious legs. First it was Anderson Silva’s comments during the post fight interview at UFC 82 after defeating Dan Henderson when he said he would like to box. Then it’s his manager Ed Soares coming out and telling Sherdog that Silva is dead serious about boxing and that he’d like to fight Roy Jones, Jr. And now Soares is stirring the pot again according to MMA Weekly:

“I just spoke with Roy Jones’ management and they are very interested in it. They think it would break all kinds of pay-per-view records. It all kind of started as a dream of Anderson’s, but if the UFC would back it, it is something that we really would like to pursue.”

Jones’ management indicated that this could be a fight that would bring together the fractured factions of boxing and mixed martial arts. “They think it will actually bring together the boxing and MMA communities,” said Soares.

Jones is currently headed out of the country until next week, but his management told Soares that he was “flattered and excited” by Silva’s interest in a boxing match with him. The parties are expected to talk again once Jones returns.

Where the hell is Dana White while all this is going down? I’d love to hear what he has to say about all this. He’s been all for a boxer stepping into the Octagon, but what about his prize champion stepping into the boxing ring with one of the all-time greats? You have to think it won’t be too long until Dana weighs in on this topic in order to either squash it or promote it. The question is which side will he take?

31 COMMENTS
  • Kelvin says:

    Where Art Thou Dana?

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  • steve24 says:

    The fact that this fight could bring in some serious PPV’s and some great advertising for the UFC to the boxing fans could make Dana think twice before saying “No”. After all, what is in line for Silva? Hughes?! Give me a break.

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  • R says:

    I think the UFC should back Anderson and get the boxing match with Jones…on the stipulation that Jones fights MMA at a later date against Anderson. That way, no matter what happens, boxing purists can’t discount MMA and vice versa. Fans will be able to see how each sport compares to the other.

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  • Nick says:

    Not much of a question there, he will squash this and squash this hard. If he cannot keep 100% of the profits then there is no reason to promote it. Why share money and spotlight with a sport he is trying to kill? I wish it wasn’t this way, but I understand where he is coming from.

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  • R says:

    And, by compares, I mean the skill sets of both athletes in their respective sports and how they translate to different forms of fighting.

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  • Patrick says:

    I think the only way you’ll see this happening is as a “UFC” event. Dana would only let this go on if he could somehow promote MMA and the UFC at the same time, there’s no way he’d risk Silva losing if he wasn’t able to show some powerhouse MMA fights beforehand to peak interest.

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  • Jaeger says:

    This is a terrible idea for MMA in general at this time. With all due respect, Anderson Silva would have as much of a chance against Roy Jones Jr. . As Roy Jones Jr. would have against him in a Muay Thai fight. Sure a lucky punch could take place but it’s just not the same thing. MMA is growing but the risk vs. reward for the sport is too great.

    If Silva wins, he beat a guy who was at one time a great boxer. ( and you will hear the “if this happened five years ago” excuses until the end of time)

    If Jones wins, he beats what most would argue to be the best fighter MMA has to offer.

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  • Jarrod says:

    I agree. This is a really tough situation for the UFC. As you said, if Anderson wins, the excuse will be Roy is over the hill. If Roy wins, MMA fans will never hear the end of how the “sweet science” will always prevail in combat sports because they are better athletes. Then I just might have to jump through the TV and strangle Jim Lampley.

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  • Gong says:

    Jaeger: Yeah, but he’ll win in his own sport. Bring a boxer to an MMA fight with a couple months of training, and what do you expect? He’ll likely get taken to the ground and pounded on (or submitted).

    And what weight does that hold? Not very much, to be honest. He lost in another man’s sport.

    The same wouldn’t be as true the other way around. The point (as far as we know) is that A. Silva is trying to prove is basically this: MMA fighters can be technical. People have gone on for far too long, claiming that there is nothing technical about the sport. All he wants to do is to show that the sport is legitimate, and the fighters can (and should) be technical.

    I’m still not completely sold on this myself. But it not as bad of an idea as a lot of people are claiming… and if marketed properly, it could actually end well for MMA.

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  • j. says:

    i watched a show called “off the record” a couple of months ago after roy jones jr.’s last fight and when dana white was asked to comment on him he called him (can’t remember the exact quote) the greatest boxer of all time. so who knows what he’s thinking, after all he got his start, albeit small time, in boxing.

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  • fenrsz says:

    Who cares if its terrible for MMA, this would be an awesome fight. Make it happen Dana!

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  • Jaeger says:

    # 9
    I understand your point, but in truth after watching an MMA event, if a boxing fan feels as if MMA fighters are not technical they were never going to enjoy our sport. They carry a blind fear of change.

    A “good” showing is not good enough, anything less than a win sets the sport back. And a win will be controversial in that RJJ is far past his prime.

    There isn’t enough benefit to MMA. People seem to forget MMA is growing, MMA is a young sport and has come a long way in a very short time. Things will evolve and MMA will continue to grow.

    Dana has roots in boxing. He KNOWS Anderson Silva will get beat and beat badly.
    I don’t think we’ll see this fight, and Dana will take the blame.

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  • Jaeger says:

    # 11
    Thats kinda my point. It will NOT be a good fight at all. It’ll be a one sided beat down.

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  • Evan says:

    Why would anyone want a straight boxing match…this is MMA.

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  • paddiosf says:

    How is a terrible idea when the UFC was created it was to see who has the best fight discipline..Let them fight, if Dana is going to let Lesner come in to the UFC, and once entertainted the idea of Kurt Angle…So let Silva fight him, the downside is I think Roy Jones would maybe school him in Boxing even on the downside of his career..In addition to that what makes Silva standup so good is he can clinch ,Knee and kick which would be elimanated…in a just straight standup fight with a boxer he wouldn’t stand a chance..

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  • King Mah Mah says:

    I think Anderson Silva would destroy roy anyway!! Let it happen.

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  • King Mah Mah says:

    Evan, we want to see it to shut the boxing fans the hell up! Now my dream is seeing that faggot mayweather get knock out too! Back to dancing with the stars boxing fans!!

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  • King Mah Mah says:

    knocked out, sorry didn’t spell check

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  • Scott D says:

    I dont know, I think he might do it.

    If the UFC could somehow put on this fight as a main event after about 9 fights, it would be pretty cool. Maybe even have the fight in the Octogon but with boxing rules. Or maybe build a special cage that they could convert to a ring in about 30 minutes or so.

    Dan has been running around saying that Anderson Silva is the best pound per pound mma fighter in the world. He still would be if he lost to Roy Jones Jr. But, if he won Dana would be all about promoting him as the #1 fighter in the world period.

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  • NealTaflinger says:

    Dana will co-promote it and call it “UFC Crossover 1: Fuck Golden Boy.”

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  • Evan says:

    ” we want to see it to shut the boxing fans the hell up! ”

    Meh…I want to see these guys hang with MMA rules. I have little interest in seeing a MMA fighter get stripped down to one discipline.

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  • platypus says:

    i dont really like andersons chances in this one. if its a 12 round boxing match, i see it going to a decision, with roy taking it. i think this would only be a good idea if there was a match in the boxing ring and then a match in the octagon, b/c roy will get easily submitted so the boxing loss wont look so bad for anderson.

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  • Dkit says:

    Roy wouldn’t get in the octagon, he’d be a fool to. The difference is Silva said he wants a piece of Roy, not the other way around. So if this were to happen it’d be just a boxing match, or nothing. Boxers may believe they have better hands but only a moron would walk into the octagon with Silva thinking he could get away with only boxing. All that said, I’d love to see this happen. High risk, high reward for Dana White but i think he’ll be happy to just rub his nose at the other MMA orgs than take a chance of having one of his best fighters lose to an over-the-hill boxer.

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  • King Mah Mah says:

    Hey evan, apparently anderson silva wants to be stripped down to one disipline. We know this is mma, but anderson called out roy it’s that simple.

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  • RoB says:

    id like to see it if they used mma gloves instead of boxing gloves

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  • King Mah Mah says:

    That would be sweet, but roy will not accept that.

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  • bubbafat says:

    A fight is a fight. Silva has a chance , any body who says otherwise is just spouting ignorance and hasn’t seen the rescent upsets in boxing AND mma.
    50/50. I don’t care if one guy is as good as the other is bad it’s 50/50. Anything can happen in MMA or Boxing. Break it down, #1 It’s a fight I’d like to see. #2 It’s a fight that active MMA fighters would like to see. #3 Ten % of the profits from that one fight alone would bring in more money than any full card the UFC has put on in the past. #4 Granted Anderson Silva has taken a big bite, but is it more than he can chew? He has fought far more dangerous guys than Jr. in MMA, so I don’t see intimidation being a factor. Plus he’s got two pro boxing matches under his belt already, so it’s nothing new to him. The one with the pressure on him would be Roy Jones Jr.

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  • willbray says:

    Remember after 82 Dana said he has something big planned for Silva, maybe this is it.

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  • Jeff says:

    Anderson Silva should fight Jones. If he wins, well he wins. Awesome. If he loses he loses fighting out of his element. So it shows nothing. He cant “lose”. I’d rather him find someone in the ufc to fight but this is interesting too.

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  • THORAZINE says:

    Seriously, does anyone really think White would let this happen?…

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  • Shane says:

    I dont’ think many of you understand the level of skill that Anderson Silva has. Dana White does not have a choice in this. Anderson Silva has already stipulated that he is willing to quit UFC and retire. He is serious about the boxing business and if Dana White was smart he would support it and not push the issue, if he did a joint venture at least he would see part of the profits. Anderson Silva is a name to himself, if he has to quit, then he will. Dana White knows that.

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