Roy Jones Jr. in Talks with Dana White About Anderson Silva Fight; It Could be an MMA Bout

July 6, 2013

Roy Jones vs Anderson SilvaUFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva would like to fight former boxing champion Roy Jones Jr. in a boxing match, and Jones Jr. has expressed interest in a potential bout.

“Maybe after this fight with Weidman, regardless of the outcome, I would love to fight him.  He’s already said that he would fight me also, so that’s something that I would really like to happen,” said Silva on a recent media conference call.  “I feel that his boxing style is one that I’d like to test myself against.  I’ve always been a fan of his, and I just always wanted to test myself against Roy Jones.”

Jones will be in attendance at UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman on Saturday and is talking with UFC president Dana White.

“Roy Jones Jr. is coming (to UFC 162),” said White on Thursday following the UFC 162 pre-fight press conference.

“Well, it makes no sense to me. It’s like these guys when they grew up had their heroes or whatever the deal is, it’s something Anderson wants to do,” said White about a potential match-up.

“Roy and I are talking,” added the UFC president.  Asked if it would be a boxing match if the bout materializes, White said, “Roy and I are talking.”

While Silva has indicated he wants to do a boxing match with Jones, White’s comments alluded to the possibility of an MMA bout. Jones on Friday bolstered that speculation when he commented to Kevin Iole, a leading reporter for content partner Yahoo! Sports.

“I’m stunned, but I just got a text from @RealRoyJonesJr and he said he is planning to talk to @danawhite about fighting MMA. Whoa,” tweeted Iole.

Regardless of the discipline, in a recent interview with, the 44-year-old boxer indicated that for the fight to happen it would need to happen soon.

“I don’t like wasting time. I don’t want to talk about something that’s not going to happen so if you want to do it, I would love to do it,” Jones Jr. said to TMZ. “Of course if we’re going to do it shortly, if it’s two, three years down the line, I can’t make no promise. But if we’re going to do it immediately, right away, like after the next fight, then it can happen.”

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  1. This is crazy, but would bring in a lot of money.

    • would it bring in money? you have the greatest mma fighter ever fighting a legend in boxing who most mma fans grew up watching anyway. roy jones was and still is one of my favorite fighters and ill be for sure watching it if this actually happens.

      • I think you missed that he said it would bring in money, as a statement not a question.

  2. This, at least to me, is way more entertaining and worthy of my hard earned money than a Silva/GSP or Silva/Jones fight. I hope they keep it strictly boxing though, it would be severely one sided in an MMA fight

    • quite frankly, it’d also be one-sided in a pure boxing bout as well. Anderson wouldn’t have a chance there, just like Roy would have no chance in a MMA bout.

  3. James Toney much? Anderson’s going to front kick him in the jaw so hard he’ll be out cold within a minute.

  4. If it is an MMA fight, I doubt Anderson would take him down or kick him. He would keep the fight fair.

    • I was thinking the exact same thing. It would mean nothing to Silva to take him down and win easily….IF this happens, you are right on. As old as Roy is, with those gloves on…someone will get hurt.

  5. I don’t care what anyone has to say on this subject except for the one man who calls the shots and is capable of making this happen. I really just want to hear what Dana has to say about this after the Silva fight’s Weidman. For now this is all nothing but talk just like GSP/Silva and Jones/Silva.

  6. THIS is the Silva vs. Jones fight I want to see.

    • lol

  7. Dana pay me $.5 Million,,, I’ll fight anyone of your champs !!!

    • The problem with that is, you would be KO’d within 30 seconds of fighting Silva. I say “30 seconds” because I imagine you’ve had some MMA training, if not, then make that 10 seconds, just long enough for Silva to walk across the octagon and cut you off from running. Jones on the other hand, would stand a very good chance of KO’ing Silva if it remains standing.

      Nobody want to see a nobody get KO’d in 30 seconds, except for in some sloppy bar fight posted on Youtube.

  8. Hahahahahahahaha! Oh man, if its a mma bout, its a wrap for roy.

  9. Why is it that Dana keeps matching up washed up boxers with current MMA champs or top 10 MMA fighters. Roy Jones is 10 years PAST his prime for god sake!

    I love boxing and MMA, but come on Dana! You did the same thing with washed up out of shape former champ James Toney against Randy Couture. Its a joke.

    If Dana wants a real fight, he should pit Anderson Silva with Andre Ward or someone in that caliber. They can fight at 180 or 175.

    • Yep, I absolutely agree. Roy Jones vs. Silva is a total joke. Andre Ward Vs. is more like it! Both are current champs and both are in their prime.

    • Its not about Dana. This is something both Silva and Jones wants..

  10. Ummm okay, so you have the current best MMA champ, and possibly the best ever going up against one of the best boxing champ ever.

    The problem is Roy Jones was the best like 10 years ago. This fight is 10 years too late. LOL

  11. when will Mayweather start challenging some of these washed up MMA fighters like Jens Pulver or BJ Penn to a boxing match, they would make a ton of money.