Oh, for crying out loud. Not this again.
Despite that the fact that Anderson Silva and Roy Jones Jr. both have fights coming up, compete in different sports, and that Jones Jr. should have retired years ago after sustaining nasty damage to his dome and offering diminishing results of late, it appears as if we may be closer than ever to seeing the two of them face off.
For years, the former UFC champ Silva has talked of his admiration of the former pound for pound boxing champ and of wanting to fight him. Jones, of course, has been all for the idea as well, since it is probably the biggest pay day he can get at this point in his career.
Jones Jr. recently said that he believes he'll box Silva if Anderson wins his Dec 28 middleweight title rematch against Chris Weidman at UFC 168. UFC president Dana White recently confirmed that he'd try to make the fight happen if "The Spider" regains the UFC belt.
“These two drive me crazy. They drive me crazy,” White said.
“First of all, Roy Jones Jr. is a longtime friend of mine. When I was a 19-year-old kid in the boxing business, Roy Jones was very good to me. So I’m in this position where I feel like Roy wants to fight him, he wants to fight Roy - I feel like I’m in this position to try to make both of these guys happy. But it drives me crazy.
“I would love Roy Jones Jr. to focus on his next opponent and Anderson to focus on his. We’ll talk about all this stuff. I know Roy’s coming to the fight. We’ll see what happens.”
The 44 year-old Jones Jr. was scheduled to fight Dec 18 in Moscow in a cruiserweight fight against Bobby Gunn. Jones Jr. before pulling out of that bout and instead taking one against Zine Eddine Benmakhlouf. Jones Jr. began his sharp decline nine years ago when he lost three straight, two by KO or TKO.
In all, the once unbeatable Jones Jr. is 7-7 since 2004.
For his part, Silva is 38 years old and has not done particularly well in his intermittent pro boxing career. The all-time great MMA fighter has only fought twice under boxing rules, and is 1-1.
If Silva and Jones Jr. do indeed fight one another under the auspices of the UFC, it won't be the first time that the promotion has put together a no-win freak show type fight. Back in 2010, the UFC paired up legend Randy Couture against another forty-plus, out of shape, past his prime former boxing champ in James Toney.
Toney was quickly submitted in the first round by Couture. Letting a reigning champion like Silva fight in a different sport entirely is a whole other level of risk for the UFC.
Sure, there might be the short-term pay per view buy interest but were Silva to fight Jones Jr. in boxing, he'd be at a serious disadvantage in this new sport for him. If he were to lose, it would reflect badly on the skills of UFC fighters to many mainstream fans not familiar with the nuances of different fighting styles.
Were Silva to beat Jones Jr. at his own game, however, he still likely wouldn't get himself or the UFC much credit because the boxing world knows that Roy is at least a decade past his prime.
What do you think? Would you pay to watch Anderson Silva and Roy Jones Jr. box or not?
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