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Hi, I’m Anderson Silva’s ego!

Considering it’s all everyone has been talking about lately, it’s no surprise that Anderson Silva and his camp also realize there’s not a hell of a lot left for him to do inside the Octagon at the moment. What is surprising though is what Silva and his camp are talking about doing to keep things interesting:

“Anderson really would love to fight Roy Jones, Jr. in a boxing match,” says his manager, Ed Soares, confirming recent speculation. “It’s not just talk, we really would like to put that fight together.”

“We respect Jones’ boxing ability and think he’s one of the best,” said Soares, “but we’re tired of different boxers saying that MMA fighters aren’t technical. Anderson would love to fight Roy Jones in a boxing match under boxing rules to prove that MMA fighters are technical, too.”

Now if you’re not a big boxing fan, you might not know who Roy Jones Jr is. Here’s a nice little writeup from CagePotato that sums his accomplishments up nicely:

Once considered the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world, Jones (now 39 years old) has won championship belts as a middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight, and heavyweight, and once held seven different light heavyweight (169-175 pounds) titles at the same time. Besides a disqualification loss to Montell Griffin in 1997, Jones went undefeated in his first 50 fights before losing three straight in 2004-2005. His last fight was a unanimous decision victory over Felix Trinidad in January.

In short, Jones is a certified badass even though he’s over the hill as far as boxers are concerned. However, being old wouldn’t stop him from pounding the shit out of Anderson Silva.

There’s a reason no boxing star has done more than pay a little lip service to Dana White’s challenge to give MMA a shot: they’d get their asses handed to them. This isn’t some kind of diss toward boxers, because it’d work the same way going the other direction: your average MMA fighter would get trounced in a boxing match. The reason? They’re completely different fucking sports.

To give credit to Anderson Silva, I’m sure he’s been working on his straight boxing skills if his management is gonna sling this kinda shit. But for these guys to think Silva can take on someone like Roy Jones Jr is past outrageous, it borders on the egomaniacle. Unless Anderson Silva has been secretly working his way up the South American boxing circuit wearing a wig and mustache, there’s no way you can look at this as anything other than a disappointing display of hubris from someone we all thought was more modest than that.

  • Accomando

    Yeah, people are just not looking at this realistically.

  • beewheezy

    i think he should fight 2 guys in one night.
    just cause he can

  • nephildevil

    his boxing trainers shud know a thing or two about boxing

    anyway, i’d love to see him beat down for once :D


    Who isn’t looking at this realistically? I haven’t seen a single person say they think Silva would beat RJJr. In fact I haven’t even seen Silva or his camp say they think he’d win. They just say they want to show that MMA fighters aren’t all sloppy brawlers.

    Also, Roy Jones Jr. is the perfect boxer for Silva to challenge. He’s a big name that people who don’t follow boxing closely still think of as the best. He’s also totally over the hill, gun shy and way, way slower than he used to be. I still think Anderson would lose, but I don’t think it would be quite the brutal beating that people are expecting, and I think it’s pretty much a win/win situation for Silva and MMA in general. If he somehow manages to win it’s the absolute biggest thing to ever happen for MMA. If he loses (much more likely) it’s to somebody who is generally recognized as one of the best boxers ever. And then he and the UFC get to say “We had the balls to get in a boxing ring, do any of you have the balls to get in a cage?”*

    *argument largely stolen from BK

  • http://bloodyelbow Mike Rome

    Yeah, count me in with those thinking it’s not the worst idea. For silva who makes like 200,000 a fight, he could probably make more on this massive MMA v. Boxing spectacle that would get huge press than he would in 3-4 years of fighting in MMA. For MMA, because boxing has everything to lose, he is fighting in their sport. For Zuffa, because they’d probably promote it, make millions, and get a ton of exposure.

  • Xavier

    Next up: Anderson Silva challenges a giant black bear to a fight.

    The man must be seriously bored.

  • Method

    As much as I think you are right, I’d love to see you eat crow if this does happen

  • Popetastic

    Check the comments on the MMAMania post about this topic. It seems like half of the posts suggest that Silva would win the fight.

  • Thomas aka Hattori Hanzo

    “Unless Anderson Silva has been secretly working his way up the South American boxing circuit wearing a wig and mustache,….”

    hahaa… hilarious. Fightlinker, you slay me.

  • Dangerfield

    Although most lame asses think Anderson could somehow win. I think that he himself knows he’s likely to lose. What he wants to do is maybe(maybe) win or lose a decision or late KO. He wants to show that MMA fighters can be technical, not that MMA fighters can beat the best boxers at their own game. I think it’ll work perfectly as long as he doesn’t get knocked out early in the night.

    People need to stop 1. Taking Anderson wanting to fight Roy Jones Jr as a sign that Anderson thinks he can trounce him and has a big ego. And 2. Fanboys gotta stop actually thinking that Silva is going to win. Again, Anderson Silva just wants to pull a Rocky 1 and lose but win respect.


    I think I’ve only looked at MMAmania once. I guess their crowd is largely retarded. Sucks for them.


    See, Dangerfield gets it.

  • GonzoDamon

    wow….Anderson and Minotauro boxing!! Minotauro’s boxing HAS improved tremendously since he started training with the Cuban Olympic boxing team, but Silva still shows his peak skill. Anderson isn’t even wearing head protection like Nog and is taking all those clean punches without flinching!

    That retard in the video is obnoxious…

  • Chuck

    Roy Jones vs. Glen Kelly, one of the coolest knockouts of all time.. anyone who’s not a boxing fan should check this out, it’s unreal.

    I’d pick jones over anderson but not by a whole lot, i think silva could hang with him at least.

  • Michael

    Even at his age now Jones Jr. would dominate him. May I be the first to suggest a compromise of a kickboxing match? Keep in standing but give Anderson an extra weapon to make it interesting.

  • http://TotalMMA Jonathan

    Guys, if Anderson Silva was a good boxer, he’d BE A FUCKING BOXER! They make a lot more money and you don’t have to roll around like a homo.

  • Dangerfield

    I thought I cleared everything up yet people still argue

  • Armen

    Yeah he would probably lose but I’d pay to see the fight on the off-chance he didn’t. I think it would still be entertaining.

  • MJC_123

    Anderson Silva knows who Roy Jones Jnr is but Roy hasn’t got a clue who the spider is….thats why this will never happen, if it did, Roy would destroy him in two rounds.

    The spider is the number 1 p4p fighter in MMA but he wouldn’t beat Jones. Problem for Anderson is where are his big money UFC fights going to come from now?

    He has beaten everyone in the division and in all honesty I don’t think he can find an opponent to headline a PPV with anymore.

    Shame how such dominance does that.

  • David

    Imagine it. He earns maybe a few hundred thousand dollars per MMA fight. Set-up one fight (boxing) with Roy Jones. Earn a few million for the matchup and even if he gets pounded into the ground it was worth it. His MMA record is not affected and he will have earnt as much as he would probably get for his next 5-10 MMA fights. If he won, who knows what he might get out of it.

  • Zurich

    Think it’d be possible to do a boxing match in the cage? That’d be interesting to see, and it’d be ‘different’ enough for RJJr to sell people on thinking it was a competitive fight.

    Have their been many Muay Thai vs. Boxing fights before?

  • Mack

    There have been Muay Thai vs. Boxing matches. By and large, it’s as you expect: Under boxing rules, boxers win because punching is considered the least of the Muay Thai skills and clinching is disallowed. Under Muay Thai rules, the Thai fighter wins because he is allowed to clinch and throw knees and elbows. There are exceptions, of course, such as Pongsaklek Wonjongkam who was a champion flyweight pro boxer.

  • Beau

    Have any of you watched Roy Jones Jr. fight recently? He is so fucking washed up. He is way slower and his punches are soft as feathers, not that he ever hit hard in the first place. If he beat Anderson it would be due to his defense (his bread and butter) and not because he knocked him out. He hasn’t had anyone in trouble in years.

  • dignan

    Jim Rome stole your opinion almost word for word. Just watched him rattle it off.

  • BK

    The guy talks about fighting his own clone – uh, doesn’t that reek of narcissism? Silva seems like a good guy outside of the ring and is nice to the fans, but his “modesty” seems plenty false to me.

  • BK

    A bewhiskered Anderson Silva takes a decisive beating.

  • fightlinker

    Wow, Anderson didn’t get ANYTHING going in that fight.

  • kentyman

    Remember that this was 3 years before he got his black belt from the Nogueira brothers.