UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva has his sights squarely set on a super-fight after he defends his title against Chris Weidman this weekend at UFC 162. However, the foe Silva is focused on isn’t welterweight title-holder Georges St-Pierre or light heavyweight king Jon Jones. In fact, he’s not even on the UFC roster and has zero experience on the Mixed Martial Arts front.
In a recent interview with MMAJunkie, Silva admitted his interest in facing boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. exceeds his desire to duke it out with St-Pierre/Jones.
“I believe a fight against Roy Jones Jr. would be much better,” said Silva, explaining, “I think my legacy is already complete. I already fought around the world. I think I’m the only athlete in this sport who has four belts from four different promotions. I have the Cage Rage belt. I have the PRIDE belt from when I beat Dan Henderson in a unification bout. I also have the Shooto and UFC belts.”
“From a professional point of view, my goals have already been accomplished. I don’t see any greater challenges in my career. I simply seek to be a better human being every day. I try to set a good example to those around me. That’s what’s most important to me,” he concluded. “A fight with Jon Jones, with St-Pierre or even with Weidman won’t change anything. The past has been written already.”
Silva has been seeking a shot at Jones Jr. for a few years but a number of obstacles exist preventing the pairing from taking place, the most obvious of which involves the Brazilian’s UFC contract. Outside of the legal issues, the scrap could certainly materialize, as Jones Jr. has said in the past he’s also open to fighting Silva.