COMMENTARY | There was a lot of talk before UFC 162 about a potential fight between Anderson Silva and boxing great Roy Jones Jr. Well, not only was Jones on hand to witness Silva's loss to Chris Weidman on July 6 in Las Vegas, Jones was in the locker room comforting the fallen champion afterward.
Shown in a recently released video blog, Jones gave the mixed martial arts legend a pep talk following the event, and according to UFC president Dana White, is still very interested in setting up a fight with Silva.
"Don't feel like you let nobody down, because you didn't," Jones told Silva after UFC 162. "You let nobody down. You did what you had to do. I know it can be hard when you got other things you want to do. It's hard to be focused every night, you know what I mean? But don't feel like you let anybody down, because you didn't. You did the best you could tonight under the circumstances. You healthy. You good. That's all that matters. You can always come back another day, you understand me? If you want to. You know what I'm saying? Don't feel bad about it. You keep your head up. You're still the best to ever do it, understand? By far."
Jones was sitting with White during the event and reassured him he still wanted a fight with Silva.
"Roy is still saying, 'Let me tell you what we can do.' He was saying all kinds of s---. He still wants that fight," White said in an interview with MMAJunkie.com.
Armed with a new 10-fight contact, there are numerous dream matchups in play for Silva (33-5-0, 20 KO/TKOs).
However, it may have been one of those matchups that contributed to Silva's loss, according to Jones.
"With Anderson, what I saw, was a guy who was playing because for so long now he's been wanting to box me," he said in an interview on Fuel TV after the event. "I don't even think the fight with this kid, Weidman, was on his mind. I think he was really out to show he had the razzle dazzle for his boxing goals because he tried to prove a point like, 'I've done this long enough, I want to see how I do at boxing.'"
Silva reiterated during the UFC 162 pre-fight media call that he was interested in a fight with Jones, a longtime idol of his, saying: "Of course I want to fight [Jones]. Maybe after this fight against Weidman, regardless of the outcome, I would love to fight him. He's already said that he would fight me, also, so that is something I would really like to have happen."
While a boxing match between Jones and Silva remains on the table, Weidman-Silva II would come first, White has said. According to numerous reports, the rematch is Silva's top priority as well.
Whenever it does happen, though, a standup battle between Jones and Silva is certainly intriguing. And make no mistake, everyone involved appears as enthusiastic as ever to make it happen, especially Roy Jones Jr.
Paul Putignano lives in Southern California, where he has covered mixed martial arts and a wide array of sports across the Greater Los Angeles area. His work has been published in a variety of newspapers and online publications.
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