After nearly five years of petitioning for a boxing match with Roy Jones Jr, Anderson Silva has been scooped by Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and Bellator:
Viacom is expected to announce plans to go head-to-head with pay-per-view juggernaut Zuffa LLC and its UFC 168 offering at next week’s Bellator 97 event on Spike TV. An unveiling of Bellator fighter Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s plans with the promotion will likely include a pay-per-view boxing match with former multi-division boxing champ Roy Jones Jr., multiple sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
The fight is expected to take place at the end of the year, though a date and weight class for the bout could not immediately be confirmed. It’s also unclear how the event will be branded given Bellator and parent company Viacom’s focus on MMA.
“We’ve been talking to Roy and his people over a potential ‘Rampage’ vs. Roy fight for over seven months,” a representative from Jackson’s longtime team, Wolfslair MMA, told MMAjunkie.com. The rep requested anonymity due to the ongoing negotiations related to the matchup. “If it happens, it would be an incredible fight,” the rep said. “Boxing and MMA have both been discussed, and (Bellator Chairman and CEO) Bjorn (Rebney) has been in these discussions every step of the way. I can’t say much more than that. We’ll see what happens.”
I gotta say this is a completely unexpected but pretty clever move by Bellator. Well, everything but going “head to head” with UFC 168. That part is dumb, and we’ll have to hope sanity prevails on that one. But as freaky and pointless as this fight looks to us hardcores, the mainstream media still pays attention to Roy Jones Jr. This is exactly the kind of bait Bellator needs to get people to pay attention to their PPV debut. Now all they gotta do is find a commission that’ll approve it.
It should also be interesting to see how everyone else reacts to this news. Roy Jones Jr was running around UFC 162 under the guise of discussing an Anderson Silva fight with Dana White. If White thinks he was just getting pumped for publicity and Jones was already committed to the Rampage fight, you better believe he’s going to be pissed about it. Expect many an F-bomb and of course a detailed breakdown of why both Rampage and Jones Jr are over the hill and terrible.