Roy Jones Jr. Aiming To Fight Anderson Silva At UFC In Russia

Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has long been rumored to fight decorated boxing champion Roy Jones Jr. So much so that many questioned Silva after his loss to Chris Weidman at UFC 162, saying that Silva was instead focused on boxing Jones Jr. more than defeating “The All-American.”

Silva will have his rematch with Weidman at next weekend’s blockbuster UFC 168 card from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

However, the fight with Jones is still rumored to be a strong possibility. UFC president Dana White has hinted at booking the huge matchup recently, and indeed it would be a huge payday.

It appears that Jones Jr. is on board to make the bout a reality in the UFC, telling Russian site R-Sport that he’d love to bring the Octagon to Russia:

“I really love Russia. It all depends where the best offer comes from, but next year I’m supposed to be fighting Anderson Silva and I really hope to have that fight in Russia. I’ve got the desire to bring White’s show, the UFC, to Russia.”

That could potentially be a huge debut in Russia for the UFC, who attempted to sign former Pride FC heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko to no avail. Silva vs. Jones Jr. in a boxing match would be quite the departure from what we thought would happen for the UFC’s inaugural foray there, but it would be huge nonetheless.

Jones Jr. appears on board for making the fight happen and that’s obviously key to the equation. The boxing match could also happen regardless of whether or not Silva gets past Weidman next Saturday.

There are many questions about Silva’s skill in pure boxing, but it would definitely be exciting to see how he does against an all-time great. It’s a bout that appears closer and closer to becoming a reality. What are your thoughts on the matchup? 


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    Entity

    December 22, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Why dont they set up a boxing ring somewhere and go at it. I just dont understand why this has to be a huge stage event against a boxer. Nor less in an octagon under the UFC banner. Very odd. He's 5 ft 11 with a 74 inch reach. Silva is 6 ft 2 and has a 78 inch reach.
    Advantage? yes
    Im sure his MMA fights will be far more exciting to watch IMO.

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      Brian Cox

      December 22, 2013 at 1:57 pm

      Personally, I have no interest in this fight and I sure as heck don't want to see it at a UFC event. It's not MMA and it doesn't belong in the Octagon. Beyond that, the promotion is not Silva's personal play toy. If he wants this fight, then do it in a boxing ring and at a boxing event. That, I might watch, but at a UFC event, get lost. Part of the reason I started watching MMA years ago was because boxing had become boring. I still view it as such. I don't want to see it "featured" at a UFC event.

      Let Silva have his fantasies somewhere else.

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        Brian Cox

        December 22, 2013 at 2:01 pm

        PS…to me, this is just more evidence of him not having his focus and looking past Weidman, again. Jones is more important than Chris, is the impression Silva leaves me with and it's just another reason why I think Weidman will beat him again.

        Chris's focus is on MMA, the 185 pound division, beating Silva and keeping his belt. That is his only professional focus. To me, Silva's focus appears to be on a lot of other things and not on Weidman.

        I wonder what the excuse will be this time? As clowning and Chris being lucky will be off the table, it'll be interesting to hear the newest explanation for a loss….should that occur.

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      Dabs

      December 22, 2013 at 7:13 pm

      Why do you care so much about whether they fight under the UFC banner or not?? You have some serious OCD dude….

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        Brian Cox

        December 22, 2013 at 10:47 pm

        Dabs, and conversely, why would you or anyone else care so much, that it happen under a UFC banner? It's an equally fair question.

        Call me a purist Dabs, but to me the Octagon is for MMA and nothing else. If we're going to start putting on boxing matches as well, then we might as well attach plexiglass siding around the Octagon as well, fill it with water and put on synchronized swimming.

        Punch-clinch-break, punch-click-break, particularly one that has no value other than that of exhibition, has no place on a UFC card. That's just my view of it.

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        Brian Cox

        December 22, 2013 at 10:52 pm

        Dabs, and conversely, why would you or anyone else care so much, that it happen under a UFC banner? It's an equally fair question.

        Call me a purist Dabs, but to me the Octagon is for MMA and nothing else. If we're going to start putting on boxing matches, then the promotion should attach plexiglass siding to the Octagon, fill it with water and start putting on synchronized swimming, as well. Perhaps fill it and drain it between matches. It would give the fans something to watch and would be a great way of cleaning the mat, ta boot.

        Punch-clinch-break, punch-click-break, particularly a fight that has no value other than that of exhibition, has no place on a UFC card. That's just my UFC-OCD view of it.

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    IGMBurninPiff

    December 22, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    How could you not want to watch that fight? I'd love to watch Anderson Silva box. I was never a big fan of a boxing and seen it as kind of boring myself. Anderson Silva's striking is legendary I know it's his all around striking that makes him dynamic but I think he's just as good with his hands only. I think it would be a very entertaining fight. Also I don't see why you are so mad at Anderson Silva for having some pull in the company. He's earned every bit of respect and should be able to do some things he wants. It's the UFC who all know would NEVER let Anderson fight outside of the UFC banner, so don't say it's Anderson's fault it has to happen in the Octagon.

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      Entity

      December 22, 2013 at 8:02 pm

      If its fee, then whatever, but I never have and wont pay for a boxing match.

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        IGMBurninPiff

        December 22, 2013 at 8:11 pm

        Anderson will never be on free TV especially Boxing a legend like Roy Jones Jr. You don't need to buy the event. I understand where you are coming from but I'd absolutely buy it I'm sure with plenty of other people. I'd bet it'll be the biggest PPV for the UFC. Boxing is for what ever reason still selling more than MMA, throw on a top Boxer vs Anderson and you have a giant seller. Like I'd said, personally not only would I love to see Anderson box, but box a legendary Boxer and showman. They will deliver and exciting fight. The only thing I was wondering was if they'd set it up as a boxing match or just send Anderson and Roy out in 4Oz MMA Gloves and let them "fight" and they'd just box. Either way Anderson Silva has earned every bit of what he gets, including a dream to box Roy Jones.

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          Brian Cox

          December 23, 2013 at 4:07 am

          SOTS..the only reason this fight would be a huge PPV sale, would be for the "freak show" that would be Silva "not" KO'ing Jones's *** within the first 60 seconds of the fight, and as of a result of a…."He didn't see it coming"…whatever.

          Sorry man, it's an interesting exhibition and nothing more, particularly at their respective ages; Jones hasn't has at T/KO since 2009, after all. :-(

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          Brian Cox

          December 23, 2013 at 4:08 am

          SOTS..the only reason this fight would be a huge PPV sale, would be for the "freak show" that would be Silva "not" KO'ing Jones's *** within the first 60 seconds of the fight, and as of a result of a…."He didn't see it coming"…whatever.

          Sorry man, it's an interesting exhibition and nothing more, particularly at their respective ages; Jones hasn't had a T/KO since 2009, after all. :-(

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