Earlier this month, boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. attended UFC 162 in anticipation of a potential pairing with then-champion Anderson Silva. When the fight fell apart as a result of Silva’s stumble to Chris Weidman it seemed safe to assume the notion of Jones Jr. meeting a Mixed Martial Artist in the ring was put to rest. However, in a “never say never” business like MMA, it turns out the former multi-division champion isn’t done with the sport just yet.
According to a report from MMAJunkie, Jones Jr. is in negotiations with Bellator to battle Quinton Jackson on the company’s first foray into PPV. Though far from official, if finalized the event would go up against UFC 168 on New Year’s Eve Weekend.
“If it happens, it would be an incredible fight,” said an anonymous member of Jackson’s camp, adding, “Boxing and MMA have both been discussed, and (Bellator CEO) Bjorn Rebney has been in these discussions every step of the way. I can’t say much more than that. We’ll see what happens.”
Jackson, who is on a three-fight slide at the moment, is 32-11 in his career including fourteen strike-based stoppages. The mark is a far comparison to Jones’ success in the squared circle, boasting a 56-8 record with forty knockouts.