Current UFC middleweight champion and serious contender to the claim of being the sports pound for pound best fighter, Anderson Silva, has recently discussed his plans to face off with Roy Jones Jr. in a boxing match once his contract is up with the UFC.
He also seems to imply that once his contract has been honored with the UFC, he may be finished with the sport altogether.
In a recent interview with Portal das Lutas, Silva was quoted as saying:
“After my contract with the UFC ends and end my career in MMA, I intend to have a boxing match with Roy Jones. That’s something that’s already been arranged, it’s all practically a done deal. Now I just have to wait and see.”
Retirement rumors have been surrounding Silva for quite some time now, and this recent quote leads one to believe that he has an extremely precise idea as to when he intends to be done with the game.
Talks of a boxing match between Silva and the former four weight class boxing champion, Roy Jones Jr., have been widespread since the UFC middleweight announced his desire to square of with Jones in a boxing ring.
The talks were somewhat dampened after the UFC made clear that a boxing match between the two would never be allowed to take place while Silva is under contract with the UFC.
Roy Jones Jr. most recently captured the vacant NABO light heavyweight championship with a fifth round TKO over Omar Sheika on the “March Badness” MMA/Boxing hybrid card that was held on the 21st of March.
Silva most recently was able to stop Patrick Cote in a middleweight title defense for the UFC, and is slated to face off with Thales Leites in his next title defense at UFC 97, scheduled to take place on April 18, 2009.