During Wednesday’s edition of “UFC Tonight,” it was reported that former UFC fighter Chris Lytle is in talks to box Roy Jones, Jr. You might remember Jones as the person Anderson Silva most wanted to test himself against inside the squared circle.
Lytle retired from MMA in 2011 after submitting Dan Hardy. He went 5-1 over his last six fights, which spanned two years.
He found success inside the cage and the boxing ring, winning the Indiana Boxing Association light heavyweight title and defending it twice. Lytle, 39 years old, amassed a 13-1-1 record in boxing, including five straight wins from 2004-05.
That was his last boxing fight, though, as he shifted complete focus to MMA after defeating Omar Pittman in 2005.
Lytle is a firefighter and ran for the Indiana State Senate in 2012. He told Ariel Helwani that he would be “happy every second I was in there with him.”
Now, Jones’ resume is an incredible one. The 45-year-old posted a 57-8 record with 40 career knockouts, including a recent decision victory in Russia to win the WBU cruiserweight title.
In his career, Jones has defeated the likes of Felix Trinidad, Antonio Tarver, John Ruiz, James Toney and Bernard Hopkins. He has held 14 world titles, spanning 160 pounds to 200-plus when he became the WBA heavyweight champion.
During the program, Chael Sonnen was asked his take on a potential Lytle-Jones bout.
“This is not his world,” Sonnen said. “If (Lytle) uses his jab, uses his footwork and has a perfect night. And Roy shows up sick, tired and injured, Roy still wins in the first round.”