Report: Roy Jones Jr. Says UFC Won’t Allow Anderson Silva to “Fulfill His Dream”
By FCF Staff
Although Anderson Silva has repeatedly expressed an interest in boxing the legendary Roy Jones Jr. at some point, the latter believes the all-star match will never take place.
In the past, UFC President Dana White has been non-committal about the proposed bout, and now that Silva is approaching 40, the fight is even more unlikely. Jones Jr., one the other hand, is 45 years old.
Jones Jr. recently spoke to MMA Fight Corner about several issues, including the possibility of boxing Silva, and here is some of what he had to say:
“Anderson Silva is one of the best human beings I’ve ever met. He’s a wonderful friend, a wonderful person. A person, who like myself, when we succeed at something we want to try something else if we can. We want to see how far we can go. We want to test the skies to see if the sky the limit,” Jones, Jr. said.
“But on his downside, the UFC won’t allow him to fulfill his dream and get in the ring and enjoy a night of sharing the ring with the great Roy Jones, Jr. It’s such a pity. It’s such a shame because it’s a night that I’m sure people from both worlds would really admire, and would love to see, and would get a lot from because of two legends in the ring at once. Although it’s boxing, we could share the ring together because Anderson can box. He’s a professional fighter too, and he’s an entertainer just as myself.”
Silva is currently booked to fight Nick Diaz at UFC 183 on January 31st. The bout will mark the first time Silva has fought, since he broke his leg while fighting reigning middleweight champ Chris Weidman last December.