Dana White: Roy Jones Coming To Vegas For Silva's Fight
By Edward Chaykovsky
BoxingScene.com reported earlier that UFC champion Anderson Silva (33-4 in MMA, 16-0 in the UFC), 38-years-old, was still pushing for a dream fight with 44-year-old former four division champion Roy Jones Jr. (56-8, 40KOs).
Silva has been asking for this fight for several years. During a recent interview, he said the fight was more important to him than an MMA super fight with either Georges St. Pierre and Jon Jones.
"Of course I want to fight him, and maybe after this fight against [Chris] Weidman, regardless of the outcome, I would love to fight him. He's already said he'd fight me, so that's something I'd really like to happen," Silva said to MMA Junkie.
"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've always wanted to test myself against Roy Jones."
Silva returns this Saturday as the main event of UFC 162 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. He faces undefeated Chris Weidman (9-0) and many experts are tabbing the challenger to pull off the upset.
UFC President Dana White has been critical in the past of a Silva-Jones encounter, but now he appears to be more open to the idea of making it happen.
White reached out to Jones and spoke to him about Silva's desire to fight. Jones is very interested and plans to fly out to Las Vegas to sit cageside as Silva defends his title.
"It's not that I'm necessarily interested in this, Anderson Silva's the greatest fighter of all time, you know, he's a guy who's never lost in the UFC, I respect him -- he wants to fight Roy Jones. So Roy and I are friends. I called Roy and I said, ‘Listen, you know about this?' He says, ‘I know about it.' I say, ‘You interested?' He says, ‘I'm going to come out to Vegas this weekend.' So Roy and I have been talking and we'll see what happens. I don't know [if the fight will happen]. I don't know. He's coming out and we're going to talk," White said to MMA Fighting.
I am slowly losing respect for the UFC.. Not only do they rape the fighters out of real money but that put on shams like this. I doubt Roy will fight though when he see what they are going to…Comment by SaldanaCC on 07-05-2013
Hahaaaaaaaaa dana is reachin now!!!!! The ufc aint half of what it used to be due to the lack of talent an weak ppv cards dana is puttin togeather an he knows it!!!!! As for silva he knows jon jones…Comment by TaurusJ27 on 07-05-2013
After Silva beats this Weidman guy this weekend is Roy going to meet him in the cage to congratulate him?Comment by AntonTheMeh on 07-05-2013
dream fight. you gotta be ****ing kidding me.Comment by ShoulderRoll on 07-05-2013
If they are going to do strictly a boxing match then I think Roy still has enough to beat Silva. He's forgotten more about the sport than Anderson will ever know.Post a Comment/View More User Comments (22)