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Anderson Silva Is Listening to Dana White, But Is He Hearing Him?

(Who could say no to that face?)

Anderson Silva must not hear the word ‘no’ very often. Just because Dana White tells him that a fight between he and Roy Jones Jr. absolutely, positively cannot happen, Silva isn’t going to let it go so easily. This refusal to accept White’s decision became clear recently when Silva told

“I’m still confident this fight will happen. This can be this year or in 2009. I respect Dana White, the UFC owners and their point of view, but my vision is that I want this boxing match.”

Now see, that Anderson Silva seems like such a nice boy. Maybe if Randy Couture had adopted this attitude…well, we won’t go down that path.

The champ pressed on with his reasoning for demanding the fight despite White’s resistance:

“[T]his is my huge personal wish, a pro boxing fight against Roy Jones, who I consider the top boxer. I’m his fan as well. I’d like this fight to happen and I’ll do everything possible to make it happen. Roy Jones stated his will to fight as well. He has an exceptional character, and we want this fight. This would be good for both sports — MMA and boxing. This would be historical! This has to happen! I can’t believe that the people responsible to make it happen don’t see that. They can’t let the fans be without this match, which can mark the story of the fight sport.”

At some point, with Silva being so vocal about this issue, you have to wonder whether Dana White isn’t secretly loving this. Maybe not loving it in the sense that he wants the fight to actually happen, but it’s a great way to get people talking, including people who might not have paid much attention to the UFC or MMA before now.

That said, don’t hold your breath waiting for this fight to happen any time soon, at least not while Silva’s value to the UFC is still so great.


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C-Bus Allstar- April 17, 2008 at 12:17 pm
I think El_loco has the right of this situation. It could be 1 of two things.. Marginally good for MMA, or HORRRIBLY, TERRIBLY, UNBELIEVABLY bad for MMA. Not to mention if RJJ knocks the shit out of Silva, then Silva can't defend his title, and the UFC loses money.

Bundy, you may have been totally 100% correct on this about 5 or 6 years ago. It's been a while since RJJ has really been in a match against a good opponent, he may be a little rusty. But you're correct, RJJ can throw punches faster with 12 oz. gloves than Spider can with 4 oz. gloves. On top of that, he can throw them with knockout power in every shot. And although he's gotten a little older, I have no doubt in my mind that he could get back in fighting condition in no time. He does have the athleticism. And he does have the skill.
Bundy- April 17, 2008 at 5:17 am
@ anonymous
Roy's hands are faster with 12 oz glove on than Anderson's are with mma gloves. And if Anderson is such a "true striker" than how come he couldn't hack it in the boxing ring? After all he was at one time a professional boxer. Oh that's right, he got his ass beat, by chumps. Imagine what will happen to him when he fights the former pound for pound champ! Anderson has never seen hand speed and agility like Roy's. He can train as hard as he wants, but there is no way to train for a guy like Roy. And there is no one in mma that possesses the RAW athleticism that RJJ has. No One! I'll be surprised if Anderson even lands a clean punch.
RA- April 17, 2008 at 4:04 am
I would love to see this fight.
biggums- April 17, 2008 at 3:23 am
i really don't think RJJ is as good as a fighter as he used to be. he's slowed down quite a bit.
knightrida- April 17, 2008 at 2:49 am
Good idea Sparky. I don't like the idea of Spider fighting a champion boxer but I think the real reason Dana can't allow this is because if he lets Silva breach the contract, he has to let all the other fighters do the same. He can't just go letting people out as he pleases. Especially after all the mess with Couture.
Anonymous- April 16, 2008 at 10:21 pm
Bundy is an Idiot!!! Anderson will pepper RJJ and show where the true strikers are... MMA! Boxing is DEAD!
Sparky- April 16, 2008 at 9:15 pm
If it would be so bad for the UFC to have its champion lose to the former best pound for pound in a boxing match, why not have a two fight contract. The first fight is a boxing match, the second is a MMA Fight that would draw in hold out boxing fans. Give them three months to train for each fight and call it good.
El_Loco- April 16, 2008 at 7:56 pm
Even if Dana was happy with free publicity, imagine if Silva did get wasted by Jones. Every critic would claim that it proved boxers are athletes and mmartists are just brawlers and the general public opinon after such a result would prolly be knock mma back a bit. I wish UFC didn't have exclusive contracts but when it comes to different sports it makes sesne. Junior would demolish Silva period
seaswell- April 16, 2008 at 7:50 pm
i think that we might be missing a larger point here: this would be more than a Silva vs. RJJ bout, it would be a MMA vs. boxing bout. maybe dana is stopping this fight because he doesn't want to risk a boxer showing up one of the best in the UFC. then again, maybe he is stopping the fight because he seems to be crazily determined to stop any sort of interesting or historic matchup that his top fighters are set on.

a card with fedor vs. couture and silva vs RJJ - perhaps only in my dreams... or from an organization that's not the UFC.
Kim Couture is a cunt- April 16, 2008 at 7:39 pm
I wouldn't want to see Anderson beat RJJ at boxing. I'd like to think boxing is still the sweet science and boxer beats a MMAer in Boxing and a MMAer beats a boxer in MMA. Either way boys our side wins in a street fight.
Anonymous- April 16, 2008 at 7:30 pm
rjj would destroy silva in boxing. silva is one of my favorite mma fighters...but boxing is TOTALLY different. i agree with bunion
Anonymous- April 16, 2008 at 7:13 pm
roy jones jr. won't be able to step over anderson silva easily; maybe earlier in his career. but in no way is RJJ a better athlete by any means.

for all I know Silva may win that boxing match, I don't think so though.
danawhite sucks balls- April 16, 2008 at 6:46 pm
to bundy: put the pipe down.... anderson silva is a machine.. do u think he would not step his boxing up tremendously. do u think he would take RJJ as a joke? c'mon kid.. we are talkin about the spider here. one of the best strikers in UFC. oh yeah, even tho the spider has an 0-1 pro boxing record.. dont u think he would step it up?
danawhite sucks balls- April 16, 2008 at 6:43 pm
dana white iz more of a rip off than don king imo.. at least he would allow his fighters to go make money! it would be HUGE if the spider K.O.'d Jones JR... maybe he would actually take his old ass to retirement.
Bundy- April 16, 2008 at 6:42 pm
This is a BAD idea on the part of Anderson Silva. Not only will he lose this fight, but Roy Jones will utterly destroy him. This fight won't make it past whatever round RJJ decides to end it in. And it really isn't about a mixed martial artist competing in someone elses sport. It's about athleticism. RJJ came out of the womb with the athletic ability to be a professional athlete in whatever sport he chose. RJJ happened to choose boxing, and he dominated it. RJJ has alot more natural athletic ability than Silva, he will make Silva look slow, and flat footed. In mma however, Silva looks light and nimble, gracefully dancing on his toes. But that is only because mma has never had any athletes like RJJ. Silva will look terrible against RJJ, and it will damage the sport of mma. Dana White is doing the right thing by not letting this fight happen.
NealTaflinger- April 16, 2008 at 4:42 pm
Does the UFC forbid fighters from participating NAGA, Grappler's Quest, or ADCC?
Bdizzle- April 16, 2008 at 4:39 pm
Dana White also wants to be a beneficiary of the money comming in. So he should let this fight happen and let it happen on a UFC Paperview or dare a Spike Fight Night??