An interesting twist on the Roy Jones / Anderson Silva situation:
The 40-year-old Jones, who is coming off a win against game but faded vet Omar Sheika last month, is willing to battle the 34-year-old Silva in the UFC Octagon, adhering to regular UFC rules.
CBSSports.com spoke to Silva’s manager, Ed Soares, who told us that Silva (24-4, 14 KOs) is keen on meeting Jones (53-5, 39 KOs) in the Octagon, or even in a boxing ring. So, will the first mega-crossover boxing/MMA battle take place?
“That’s a question you have to ask Dana White,” Soares told us. “We’d love to fight Roy Jones. Anderson wants to challenge himself, he wants legendary fights.”
So, how about it, Dana? Should fans of both disciplines get geared up for the crossover clash?
“You won’t see a Silva versus Jones fight while Silva is under contract with me,” White said Tuesday. “I don’t want to say anything bad about Roy Jones, I like Roy Jones and was a fan of his, but he mattered like fifteen years ago. He’s not anywhere near the best boxer in the world. He must’ve spent all his money.”
We’re consistently bombarded with retard fights from Japan, so I’m kinda glad that Dana White isn’t interested in going that route with the UFC. Would a Roy Jones / Anderson Silva fight attract attention? Yeah, but probably the wrong kind. Simply put, I’d like to keep the UFC as a place where professional mixed martial artists fight – not baseball players, not fading boxing superstars. If they’ve got the tools and earn a spot in the organization, more power to them. But that last thing this sport needs right now is it’s champions fighting guys who don’t even take the sport seriously.
*UPDATE* Bloody Elbow aka The Borg’s latest aquisition, Leland Roling, thinks that a Spider / Jones Jr fight in a cage would have resulted in an ‘agreement to stand and strike’ … I can’t say I disagree.