I’ve been around too long. I remember when TUF n00b was considered an insult towards Johnny Come Latelys who had hopped on the MMA bandwagon after the Griffin / Bonnar fight in 2005. Now that makes you a pretty oldschool motherfucker. And this oldschool motherfucker has realized he starts too many posts with “I remember when…”, in this case “I remember when Anderson Silva first started calling out Roy Jones Jr back in 2009.” It was ridiculous then and it’s even more ridiculous now, which didn’t stop Anderson Silva from bringing it back up:
Silva, the undisputed pound-for-pound best MMA fighter in the world, told The Post in a phone interview Wednesday that he would want to get into a ring or a cage with Jones Jr. “much, much more” than engage in a UFC champion vs. champion superfight with Jon Jones or Georges St-Pierre.
“I think everyone’s got something they’re focused on and that’s my own desire, something I’d like to do,” Silva said through a translator. “Maybe one day when I’m done my UFC career I will box Roy Jones.”
Silva said he’d be interested in taking on Jones Jr. twice – once in a bout with MMA rules and another in a boxing ring. He said he knows Jones Jr. and calls him “a great champion.”
When asked about the possibility of fighting The Spider, Roy Jones Jr told TMZ “I would love it … Call me and we’ll make that happen.” But don’t expect this thing to come together so long as Dana White is calling the shots:
“I could do it, make it huge, make money, but I could have done a fight like this when we were bleeding money [in the early 2000s],” White told CBS Sports.com. “The fight would make some money, but it hurts MMA in the long term. We don’t do that because we love the sport. That’s a PRIDE or K-1 matchup. It’s not what we do.”
Well, you did it with James Toney and Randy Couture. And who knows what is possible when ‘Anderson the artiste’ is concerned. It’s interesting that this came up after Jon Jones and Georges St Pierre were mentioned – it seems pretty clear to me that those guys are gonna milk the UFC for everything they can before agreeing to fight Silva. Will Silva do the same and make the UFC give him the Jones Jr fight?
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