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Hryunov, White Further Discuss Roy Jones-Anderson Silva

By Luke Furman

Russian promoter Vladimir "красивый" Hryunov has approached UFC President Dana White to discuss the possibility of staging a cross-sport battle between 44-year-old former champion Roy Jones Jr. (57-8, 40KOs) and former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva (33-5 in MMA, 16-1 in the UFC), 38-years-old.

Earlier this year, Chris Weidman (10-0) knocked out Silva in the second round, snapping Silva's near seven year undefeated run and 16-0 streak in the UFC. Their rematch is scheduled to take place this coming Saturday.

Hryunov wants to get together with White to stage a major UFC event in Russia, with Jones vs. Silva as the main event.

"Today, we once again spoke with UFC president Dana White and we've decided to await the outcome of the upcoming fight between Silva and Chris Weidmann. [After the fight is over], there is going to be an analysis of the financial component. The fact is -Silva is a great athlete, but he's not a boxer, and the fight is going to take place under the rules of professional boxing," Hryunov said.

Luke Furman covers boxing for bokser.org.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Slip Stream on 12-27-2013

The MMA is where boxers who once had amazing and lucrative careers go to be put on display in a final round of humiliation. The point of all this? I think White is trying to convince the MMA audience that…

Comment by sergey.smith on 12-27-2013

IF it is boxing rules, then Jones should win. They will probably make it financially feasible for Dana and Silva to go to Russia.

Comment by rocktx on 12-27-2013

They should make it a boxing match but they wear the 4 oz gloves that they wear in ufc. Then it would be more interesting

Comment by AndMarvisIsDown on 12-27-2013

[QUOTE=TLC8;14072783]What makes Roy think he has ANY chance? I don't think he even thinks he does. But might make a quick million bucks, but he'll end up just like James Toney did. He'll launch a punch or two, get taken…

Comment by way2strong on 12-27-2013

[QUOTE=Trudoe;14073060]MMA fighters would embarrass boxers in an octagon just like boxers would embarrass an MMA fighter in a boxing match. Very uninterested in this fight "competetively" but the entertainment value has my attention. I would watch just because it Roy…

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