Anderson Silva has repeatedly stated that he would like to fight Roy Jones Jr., and although he recently signed a 10 fight contract extension with the UFC, his desire to battle the boxing legend apparently hasn’t diminished. During a media call Tuesday to promote Silva’s July 6th bout with Chris Weidman, the middleweight champion had this to say about fighting Jones Jr (quote via MMA Weekly.com).
“Of course I want to fight him. 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. 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.”
Considering Silva is 38 years old, and there are several all-star MMA bouts the UFC would love to book the renowned fighter for, it’s hard to imagine them signing off on a bout with Jones Jr. While discussing the possibility of the fight happening, Silva noted “there’s a lot of possibilities of different things that could happen” and that “we’re just going to have to see how things work out in the next few fights and how I feel.”
While there’s no question a Jones Jr.- Silva bout would draw plenty of interest, it’s probably safe to say most MMA fans would rather see the middleweight champ take on men like Jon Jones or Georges St. Pierre.
Oh, and for the record, Jones Jr. told TMZ.com that he’s interesting in boxing Silva as well.
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