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.