Roy Jones Jr. Now Targets a Nick Diaz Showdown

By Luke Furman

44-year-old former four division world champion Roy Jones Jr. (57-8, 40KOs) is still motivated to face a recognizable name from the sport of Mixed Martial Arts.

For years, Jones was pondering the possibility of facing former UFC champion Anderson Silva (33-6 in MMA, 16-2 in the UFC).

On Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Jones was sitting ringside and witnessed his dream of a Silva fight go up in smoke when Silva was stopped in the second round by Chris Weidman (11-0).

During the fight, Silva badly broke his left shin and the serious injury will prevent him from taking part in any form of fighting for at least a year or possibly for good.

With Silva on the shelf, Jones is not targeting another former champion in MMA - 30-year-old Nick Diaz (26-9), who suffered back to back decision losses to Carlos Condit and Georges St. Pierre.

A few years ago, Diaz flirted with the idea of facing a boxer - and targeted former champion Jeff Lacy. The fight never happened and Diaz went back to MMA.

Jones told MMA reporter Ariel Helwani that he approached UFC president Dana White about his desire to face Diaz. White told Jones "he would think about it."

Luke Furman covers boxing for

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by iniduoh on 12-30-2013

[QUOTE=King-;14079894]Is RJJ wanting to fight these MMA fighters in a boxing match or MMA match?[/QUOTE] Yeah, that's the same question I have. You'd think that the half @ss writer who wrote this, I don't even want to call this an…

Comment by Virgil Caine on 12-30-2013

[QUOTE=Box-Office;14082253]i honestly think there should be an age limit as to when you can stop competing. Who cares about being the oldest champ anyways besides maybe Hopkins. This is getting pathetic, i saw 2 rounds of Jones' last fite. SAD!![/QUOTE]…

Comment by mathed on 12-30-2013

I would love it had Jones punched White in the face as a publicity stunt, would have been epic.

Comment by Box-Office on 12-30-2013

i honestly think there should be an age limit as to when you can stop competing. Who cares about being the oldest champ anyways besides maybe Hopkins. This is getting pathetic, i saw 2 rounds of Jones' last fite. SAD!!

Comment by baya on 12-29-2013

[QUOTE=killamoneymike;14081168]how funny would it be if diaz ****ed up jones while holding his hands out and talking ****[/QUOTE] that is the ONLY way the stockton bad ass would fight jones.

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