Anderson Silva Still Wants to Box Roy Jones, Jr.; Before UFC Return?

January 22, 2014
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Roy Jones vs Anderson SilvaFormer UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva may expect to be sidelined for the better part of 2014 in order to heal the severe break in his left leg, but he hasn’t shied away from the public eye.

On Wednesday, he revealed that his thoughts about a return to fighting include his desire to fight one of his idols, Roy Jones, Jr., in a boxing match… perhaps even before he returns to the Octagon.

Silva conducted a Face to Face with the Spider question and answer session on Wednesday on his Facebook page, where he reiterated that he “100-percent” intends on returning to his fighting career, but also has future plans to become a Hollywood actor, amongst other things.

One of those “other things” is an attempt to fulfill his longtime desire to step in the boxing ring with world champion boxer Roy Jones, Jr.

Asked if he still wanted to fight Jones, Jr., Silva responded in the affirmative.

In fact, depending on how he heals, Silva seemed to indicate that a boxing match could happen even before he returns to mixed martial arts.

“That is my biggest goal,” Silva responded.

He went on to say that because he won’t be able to return to MMA very soon, boxing was in his plans “as soon as I can fight again.”

Whether a boxing match between Silva and Jones, Jr., happens, of course, would require several components to fall into place. Silva’s recovery is expected to take several months, he is still under contract with the UFC, and would need to figure out a model for the bout that works in cooperation with the UFC.

UFC president Dana White is typically not warm to co-promotional opportunities outside of those that are necessary to expand his brand’s reach into select international properties. He has, however, treaded lightly around the issue of Silva boxing Jones, Jr.

“First of all, Roy Jones Jr. is a longtime friend of mine. When I was a 19-year-old kid in the boxing business, Roy Jones was very good to me,” said White late last year. “So I’m in this position where I feel like Roy wants to fight [Silva], he wants to fight Roy, I feel like I’m in this position to try to make both of these guys happy. But it drives me crazy,” before adding the perfunctory, “We’ll see what happens.”

Could Silva face Jones, Jr., at some point in the near future?

Of course it’s a possibility, but it seems somewhat unlikely considering that Silva last year signed a new 10-fight contract to compete in the Octagon… but stranger things have happened.

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  • Usmc8408

    Prior to his injury I’d say this was a dumb idea, but personally now, I think it would help him test his leg out without having to worry about kicking and grappling. Plus it would help his confidence being on a big stage again. I can’t imagine an injury like that NOT making someone at least a little leery.

    • TheCerealKiller

      Getting knocked out by a retired pro boxer is not going to help his confidence.

      • macarrech

        But it certainly will help his purse a lot more than any fight or superfight in the ufc.

  • mendoza

    Both these guys got glass jaws, so its a 50/50 fight.

  • tyrone

    Silva better focus on a different opponent other than weidman. Weidman really displayed a complete domination in over all fighting skills whether it be standing or grappling, whether it be against serious silva or clowning silva, now its scared silva after those 2 beatdowns.

  • break ur leg now break the ban

    theirs not a guy in mma that can get in there with a boxing great n win,just like a boxing great cant get in octagon in beat a mma fighter…. but this fight would generate 10s of millions for both fighter id actually order the fight!!!!

    • taylor2008

      I think Ranndy Couture can beat jones. Randys boxing is stellar.

      • Baller31

        Randy’s boxing level is amateur at best. Silva is the best boxer in mma, dos santos and the Diaz bros also good

        • taylor2008

          That went way over your head didnt it?

  • solo

    As a fan, im not so much interested in this fight. If Silva comes back, i would like to see him face Luke Rockhold. But, that’s far into the future and who knows where Luke is gonna be at this year end, and at the begining of 2015 when SIlva is supposed to return.
    Its just a fan match-up imo.

  • JDMMA

    Why does Roy Jones, Jr got his teeth out in every picture??? looks soo stupid

    • your real father

      tell him that. he’ll knock your teeth out and when you smile, you’ll look stupid..