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Roy Jones Jr. heads to UFC 101 to scout Anderson Silva

roy jones jr.Roy Jones Jr. is heading to Philadelphia to scout a future opponent that goes by the nickname of “The Spider”.

It has been reported by our good friend Bob Treiger that the eight-time, multiple weight class boxing champion will be taking a day off from his current grueling training camp for his upcoming August 15 battle against Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy to make the trip to UFC 101 to check out what should be a great night of fights. More specifically, the light-heavyweight contest between Anderson Silva and Forrest Griffin.

It’s no secret that Jones and Silva have been wanting to get at each other for some time now. First Silva stated that he wished to challenge himself against Jones in boxing match. After UFC President Dana White made it clear that the proposed boxing match would never happen under his watch, Jones offered to face off with Silva in an MMA rules match-up. Again, the UFC shot it down, citing the fact that no man would be able to walk right in and challenge one of their champions as a reason for the bout’s denial. Of course the most recent chapter in the ever-playing out story is the fact that Silva has announced that he has actually inked a deal to box Jones when his current contract with the UFC expires.

It will be interesting to see if the UFC cameras pan to Jones at any point during the Silva vs. Griffin bout, but it sure wouldn’t hurt to let the masses know that a boxer as talented as Roy Jones Jr. has shown a profound interest in the sport.

UFC 101 will be taking place this evening at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

19 COMMENTS
  • Angry Pirate says:

    “More specifically, the bout heavyweight contest between Anderson Silva and Forrest Griffin.” The fight is at Light heavyweight.

    “It will be interesting to see if the UFC cameras pan to Jones at any point during the Silva vs. Franklin bout” Silva vs Griffin????

    Anyways Roy Jones just wants some publicity since he is no longer relevant in boxing.

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  • Cory Brady says:

    Waaaay too much coffee this morning. Thanks Angry Pirate!

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  • dpk says:

    Just Roy looking for a little bit of attention, and trying to get it from the UFC and its recent surge in popularity.

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  • Angry Pirate says:

    My pleasure. I’ve been sitting at work all day waiting for something to read all day. As is though if he could get around the reach advantage of silva if/when they box he could pose a real threat to silva. That’s just my opinion but he still has to overcome that reach advantage.

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  • Angry Mike says:

    Silva boxing or Jones in an MMA bout are both pretty stupid. Boxing and MMA are different sports that don’t really overlap. If they’re going to compete, why not make it really interesting and an event where neither has an advantage. Bowling, for example. Or table tennis. Hell, why not a dance off like in the movie Hairspray?

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  • EdBuzz says:

    Gentlemen,

    I think you’re missing the point here. MMA fighters are severely underpaid. A bout between Anderson Silva and Roy Jones Jr. would still draw enough pay per view purchases where Anderson Silva would make more money “boxing” than he ever could in the UFC. This whole Fedor fiasco is drawing a lot of interest towards the money MMA fighters are making vs. what the UFC is making. Oscar De La Hoya made $50,000,000 vs. Mayweather’s $30,000,000 in their last fight against each other. As an MMA fan I can tell you I didn’t even watch that fight because I could care less about boxing. When you consider a match between Fedor and Lesnar you have to consider the UFC might do over $100,000,000 dollars on pay per views and over $5,000,000 at the arena, yet the Fedor and Lesnar would be lucky to split a million dollars. Anything these fighters can do to earn more money is desperately warranted.

    Brock Lesnar made less than half a million dollars for his last match and Frank Mir made only $45,000 for their last rematch at UFC 100. The total payout that night for the UFC was less than 1.8 million dollars, yet they took in over $5 millioon at the arena from ticket sales alone and another $87 million from pay per view. That’s total B.S. that the UFC is making all that money and paying the fighters so little. They claim they want to be a major sport like the NFL, MLB and NBA, well the players unions in all three leagues make at least a 50% split on total revenue with the owners. The UFC is paying out less than 5%. It’s criminal. No one is paying to see Dana White or the Fertitta brothers get in the cage to fight. I want them to make money but they’ve got to treat their fighters better by paying them more money. If Randy Couture sits out a year and calls them liars you know that some shady bullstuff is going on with the money.

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  • Angry Pirate says:

    I’m pretty sure the point of the article was jones is going to scout silva. Not how much they are getting paid. Also fighters make more than just what the ufc pays them they have these things called sponsors

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  • Angry Pirate says:

    Further more silva doesn’t want to box for the money he wants to prove himself outside of mma.

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  • moosebaby02 says:

    sponsors, behind the door deals and so on and so on.. im sick of hearing about how much these fighters are making cause no matter HOW MUCH YOU think you know YOU DONT!!! i have stated this before just cause you throw out numbers dosent mean shit… someone last week blurted out that fedor was offered $30 million for six fights so it has to be true RIGHT??? if these fighters are getting so little and are not happy about it then where is the up roar???? every time i watch an interview with these fighters who are getting underpaid they have not bad thing to say and claim how much they love the UFC and are happy. and i now im going to hear “well they better or dana will just cut them” well let him cut the unhappy and they can run over to the other high paying jobs out there with the other companies. $45 grand a fight is just a bit more then i make in a year so its not like its chump change.
    until your the one signing the paychecks and are in Zuffa’s books you cant use any reported numbers that you see crying its a definite number. that would be just dumb.
    Do you have concrete, written in INK from the desk of Zuffa’s head office evidence that states that the UFC is only paying out 5% out to their fighter’s edbuzz?????? Do you know how much it cost to put on a well runed advertising PPV edbuzz????? Do you know how much people who are not fighters that are on staff for the UFC edbuzz???? Should all the talent get the money while the people who put it together (and I don’t me Dana or rich brothers) get the shaft edbuzz??? Overpaying talent gets you were all the other failed MMA companies……..shut down.
    Sorry but if you don’t have proof dosent mean you continue your UFC bashing without getting a response. There is a lot more read tape behind the scenes that you never get to see or hear for you to be stating just nonsense. Get some background evidence then I will maybe listen to you.
    Now as for what the article was really about (witch was not UFC bashing) I agree. Jones is looking for some free publicity and it worked cause I didn’t even know he had a fight next week

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  • neijia says:

    Silva is arguably p4p #1 in mma but he is only 1-1 in pro boxing, acc to Wikipedia. The guy he beat was in his first pro match, while Silva was in his second (first was a TKO loss). Jones is 53-5 in pro boxing including 39(!) KO wins. The whole idea is rather absurd, but what the heck.

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  • danw84 says:

    moosebaby02 what exactly is it that you know that everyone else doesn’t? There has been plenty of fighters complaining about the lack of pay. Dana says the average fighter makes $50,000 per year. PER YEAR. Not per fight. Take into account guys like Liddell who pull more than $1,000,000 per fight, not just per year, and the median salary of the average fighter drops considerably. Mean (average) is a very poor representation when used on things like salary because of the huge outliers at the top skewing the data upwards.

    As to you implying they make $45,000 per fight which is more than what you make per year (which you should be very grateful for considering your spelling, grammar, as well as argument forming ability), no it is not chump change, but it is not entirely amazing either. They fight what, 3, 4 times per year? It’s not like they are out working between fights. They’re training full time, paying their coaches and trainers, paying rent as well as supporting any family they may have. These men also have a career that rarely lasts over 40 years old. They have quite a bit of life ahead of them that they need to pay for. They are also quite likely to have a fair amount of health care needs (which the UFC doesn’t provide last I heard) through those years. Many of the fighters have dedicated their entire lives to fighting, they don’t have a career outside of that to fall back on. Maybe coaching and such, but what about the just average fighters?

    Anyway, you clearly say you don’t want to read what people have to say who disagree with you, so ignore me if you want. I wouldn’t mind that because attempting to read your writing makes my brain bleed.

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  • neijia says:

    Just for comparison, from the NFL Players Association website:

    “Despite what most people think, not all NFL players are millionaires! For example in 2000, the minimum salary for rookies was $193,000. While the highest paid players in the league can make $7-8 million per year, most players make much less than that.

    The average length of an NFL career is about 3 and a half seasons. Although there are some exceptional players who have long careers that extend 10 or twelve seasons and beyond, most players only stay active for about three seasons. Players leave the game because of injury, self-induced retirement, or being cut by the team. This also means that while players may make more money than most people, they are only making it for an average of three and a half years. To make sure they are successful in the future, players must invest their money well and make plans for another career when they can no longer play football.”

    On average, professional sports careers end early and all players need some other plan (and it ain’t likely to be a successful career in rap music and movies).

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  • danw84 says:

    The huge numbers most people attribute to professional athletes are usually due to all we ever hear about is the extreme outliers.

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  • Batman says:

    1. Dawn84
    This isn’t an english essay.

    2. I think Roy Jones would give Anderson Silva a beat down.

    3. Forrest Griffin will beat down Anderson Silva.

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  • metalmulisha says:

    Did I read correctly that Angry Pirate thinks Roy Jones,
    “could pose a real threat to silva.

    Ya think?

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  • moosebaby02 says:

    english professor Dawn84
    sorry for the garmar (that sp was a joke) and I never said I knew anything more then anyone who dosent have all the numbers but love to spit out numbers!!!! read carefully next time professor.
    just stated that if you dont know the whole truth then how can it be TRUE???? I could just a easily say that lesnar made 1.5 mill last fight and scream to high heavans that its true…..so it has to be true right?????
    and as for plenty of fighters who have been complaining about their pay……if there is PLENTY then why is it not a BIGGER STORY THEN????
    I remember Jon Jones in a recant interview stating that he was completely happy with his pay in his last fight at 100 due to the fact it was more then he originally singed for……oh wait that cant be true cause I might have just said that to prove my point…
    if it is such shit pay in the UFC then why does every fighter except fedor is trying to get in the UFC?

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  • danw84 says:

    “1. Dawn84
    This isn’t an english essay.”

    im aware of that but even a total lack of grammar like this would still be easier to follow than that incoherent rambling of moosebaby as proved by his response

    To you moosebaby, maybe not many whine about their pay because the guys who have complained about pay haven’t exactly had the easiest time continuing in their UFC career. People want to get to the UFC because it has the most visibility and most possibility of someday getting to that good paycheck. There isn’t a better place to go for more money. They have no choice.

    Also, please don’t try to insult me as some sort of professor when all I want is you to take a quick glance over what you’ve tried to write and make it half readable. It’s hard to even see what exactly you’re trying to say at times outside of your point as a whole.

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  • CMT says:

    First of all it is business. The name of the game is to make as much money as possible while paying out the least amount for services you need / use. We all do it, just not a scale as large as the UFC.

    To danw84 – using “outlier” in an MMA comment, that’s classic, I love it.

    Does it matter what they make, does it really affect you? C’mon, let’s talk about other stuff than money. Remember, money is the root of all evil or the love of money, all hell who cares. The UFC is not the root of all evil, not even DW. Sorry, gotta go find free UFC fights on the net.

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  • Silva is a complete badass but in a boxing ring RJJ is going to spank him like a red headed step child. If I had to pick one to get my back in a bar fight, it is Silva, no doubt. But in a boxing match, RJJ has the goods easily.

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