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Quinton Jackson-Roy Jones Jr. reportedly fighting on Bellator PPV by end of year

Quinton Jackson-Roy Jones Jr. reportedly fighting on Bellator PPV by end of year

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.

8 COMMENTS
  • THEGUNNER says:

    Not intrested in a boxing match or mma with niether one of these 2. Roy jones wants to fight again? Lol.

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  • SBERG says:

    Oye….Just Oye…

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Dana oughtta handle this news well.

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  • MCM says:

    Never gonna happen, someone is trolling MMAJunkie.

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  • raker says:

    Rampage wanted to fight someone who will stand and bang, and won’t take him down. This is one of those “be careful what you wish for” scenarios. Rampage won’t be able to touch Jones.

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    if it happens i’ll watch it, wouldnt pay for it, but sure as fuck i’ll watch it. same as all those folks whining will watch it too.

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  • joe mo mma says:

    I really don’t understand these cross over type matches. will it really generate more ppv buys? I feel like fights like these just hurt the image of a still growing MMA sport scene. I could understand it promoting MMA (from an MMA standpoint) by bringing boxers into the cage eg. Couture vs. Toney. Even with a freak show match like that, MMA fans still wouldn’t mind seeing the MMA fighter beat up a boxer. But in the case of Jones vs Rampage in a boxing match, how does this help MMA at all? It doesnt!

    1. Boxing fans wouldn’t pay for a Bellator ppv in the first place, and having a retired boxer fight, what is essentially an no-named boxer in Rampage, it wouldn’t justify the purchase.
    2. I don’t think MMA fans want to have a boxing match on the main card of a MMA PPV, it just doesnt make sense to me.

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  • raker says:

    I think it’s great! It is mixed martial arts after all and we see fighters from many different disciplines competing. I dont like the whole mma vs. boxing debate and if we remove that from the conversation then it’s an interesting match up. If it does in fact turn out to be an MMA fight rather than a boxing match I wouldnt be surprised to see Rampage end up trying to take Jones down and hope that Jones has worked on his takedown defense. Which would be ironic because Ramapge has been complaining about being dry humped on teh ground for a long time. Its a no win for Rampage. He’ll get schooled on the feet and if it goes to the ground he loses credibility…not that he had any anyways.

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