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Anderson Silva Wants Roy Jones Jr.


(That doesn’t look too pleasant.)

Having cleared out the UFC’s middleweight division in scorched-earth fashion, Anderson Silva is looking ahead to new challenges — specifically, taking on Roy Jones Jr. in a boxing match. As Silva’s manager Ed Soares told MMAWeekly:

“It’s not just talk, we really would like to put that fight together…We respect Jones’ boxing ability and think he’s one of the best. but we’re tired of different boxers saying that MMA fighters aren’t technical. Anderson would love to fight Roy Jones in a boxing match under boxing rules to prove that MMA fighters are technical, too.”

Once considered the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world, Jones (now 39 years old) has won championship belts as a middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight, and heavyweight, and once held seven different light heavyweight (169-175 pounds) titles at the same time. Besides a disqualification loss to Montell Griffin in 1997, Jones went undefeated in his first 50 fights before losing three straight in 2004-2005. His last fight was a unanimous decision victory over Felix Trinidad in January.

If Anderson Silva is actually considering a temporary switch to boxing, he should probably aim a little lower for his first opponent, lest he go out like Brock Lesnar. And taking some time off from MMA feels a little premature anyway — it’s not like there are literally no challenges left for Silva in the UFC. For one thing, there’s Yushin Okami, the impossible-to-finish contender who previously “beat” Silva through an illegal upkick DQ in January 2006; it would be nice to settle that score. I also think Silva should have to take on Michael Bisping, Patrick Cote, and Demian Maia in the same night. What, you wouldn’t pay $44.95 to see that?

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craig- December 12, 2008 at 3:34 am
C'mon people, any top level boxer eg. manny, vic darchinyan, roy, etc... they have spent 15 odd years of ameteur and 10 odd years of professional fighting throwing nothing but glove. Muay Thai, yeah they'd lose to Anderson, but if it's gloves only he's toast. It's a simple concept, keep the bias out of it. Buakaw or Yodsenklai would smack Anderson in muay thai, but he'd destroy them in mma. Horses for courses.. no one loses, it's just a different ball game...
johnny d- March 24, 2008 at 6:23 am
kevin,
an 8-0 boxing record??? you kidding me?...silva has a 1-1 professional boxing record ...after reading the first sentence of your post i thought you were gonna have something good to say but I quickly realized that your part of the 1/2 that talks out of his ass...i need to ask, what does the difference in gloves have to do with 'punching at a higher caliber'?? I am not gonna get into the details but imagine what would happen if boxers used MMA gloves...to think that boxers are not better "boxers" then MMA fighters is absolutely idiotic. Boxers dedicate their training in improving in the power and accuracy of their punches, and hence, its only natural to believe that they would be able to connect with both power and accuracy at a higher level then fighters whose training is based on their overall fighting abilities..
Kevin- March 12, 2008 at 3:41 am
I gotta be honest and just say i love how 1/2 of you guys just talk out of your asses. Uneducated know it alls. Ive read maybe 1/2 dozen posts with legitimate perceptions of the so called fight. #1 before MMA even before UFC1(which was a whole different thing...bloodsport) I have been a boxing fan. Roy Jones is probably my 2nd favorite boxer all time. That guy is amazing, it says a lot when you can move up a weight class in boxing like he did to light heavy and still punk people....not to mention pretty much every "Showtime KO" he ever did, kissing the glove before KO blow, windmill sucker punch...christ the list goes on. Now saying that since dana white and the brothers that form Zuffa took over the UFC they started a whole new breed of fighters. Yes i agree boxing is a dieing sport but lets be honest, boxing has been so called dieing for years, its only a matter of time before someone charismatic and skilled brings that faith back to the boxing fans. Now to Silva. Ive been watching this guy since about his fight against carlos newton. So its not like I havent had history on both. Silva is the best pound for pound MMA fighter right now...just as Roy was for boxing during his prime. And yes for the clown that wants to say that "Boxers punch at a higher calibre then MMA" what are you retarded?????? i mean the difference in gloves alone man.....come one dude wtf were you thinking??? Not to mention that for you uninformed fools Silva has a 8-0 boxing record currently and had been Boxing since 2006. If it happens Id actually feel bad for Jones because he is far beyond his prime and would probably lose to the younger primed Silva. But Jones in his prime would most definately put a end to this in 2 rounds or less. To compare the 2 sports from the begining is actually dumb. I actually liked what the guy said about comparing them like Hockey and Lacrosse and football and rugby. They are 2 different sports with 2 completely different sets of rules.
yo- March 11, 2008 at 6:01 pm
too bad jones is pretty old now.. his speed isn't nearly as good as it was in his prime. but silva thinking that he can beat him in a BOXING match is stupid. he's useless without kicks/knees.. he can't punch that well. meh, i'd like to see him get ko'd.
Tusker is an idiot- March 11, 2008 at 9:14 am
I hope it does happen so you can see Anderson Silva get the shit beat out of him by a WORLD CLASS boxer.

Anderson silva is not the "baddest man on the planet" He has been beat but is on a win streak. There is always someone out there with your number and someone will come along soon and whip the shit out of him.

It's going to happen.

None of you have an idea about boxing, you just believe what the TV and stupid websites tell you.

Well this person said this so it must be true. Stupid Fucks
Turd Ferguson- March 11, 2008 at 9:09 am
You wanna know something I agree with boxers when saying that most MMA fighters can't box worth a shit. Look at Dan Henderson's standup. Holy shit its probably the worst ive ever seen and a world class boxer like Jones jr. is right to say "damn that looks like crap"

Anderson Silva wouldnt make it past the 2nd round with Roy Jones Jr. Boxing is a whole different game than MMA and AS does not have the skill to withstand the beating Jr. would give him.

I love MMA but the standup is not as technical as boxing.
RA- March 11, 2008 at 4:53 am
I would love to see this fight.
Shizball- March 11, 2008 at 12:29 am
I'd have to say Rampage is the baddest man on the planet right now. He would have a better chance in the ring than AS would. My bet would still be on AS though again RJJ.

Boxing has evolved into a lazy sport where the man that does the least can win a decision (oscar vs mayweather). MMA fighters are trained to throw down for as long as possible to win.
Tusker- March 10, 2008 at 11:26 pm
Oh Tusker...you're clearly one of those boxing purists who can't accept the fact that your sport is dying a slow death....and that the death is unavoidable...being as any prodigy in the next decade coming up through the ranks, showing any sign of skill, is going to be converted to mixed martial arts. So yeah, latch on to the dick of your 39 year old saviors of the sport.

The punches Jones throws are on a level far beyond any MMA fighter it's laughable huh? Now I really HOPE this match gets set up...you clearly haven't seen Anderson outside of news clips and the occasional internet story.

Anderson Silva is the baddest man on the planet right now....hands down.
TitoG- March 10, 2008 at 10:16 pm
Hey Tuskar I gotta agree 100% with you. You hit the nail on the head.

With all that said i think an MMA fighter has a better chance at winning a boxing match then a boxer has at winning an MMA match.
Tusker- March 10, 2008 at 10:01 pm
A fight between a top level boxer and mixed martial artist will never happen, mainly because the outcome won’t prove anything. It would be like putting a rugby team against a football team, lacrosse against hockey. Just because two things sort of looks the same on a certain level doesn’t mean they’re worth comparing.

The punches a professional boxer of Jones’ calibre can throw are on level so far beyond any MMA fighter it’s laughable. In a straight boxing match, Jones would absolutely pummel the shit out of Silva and then UFC loses the marketability of one of their few remaining viable stars. MMA would survive, but the negative mainstream publicity would certainly hurt the sport.

The only way this happens is if the match is fought as some sort of exhibition, where the fighters pull their punches and basically put on a show for the public. A glorified sparring session, basically. And if Rocky 3 & 4 taught me anything, it’s that exhibition matches always end ugly. Remember what happened to Apollo Creed…
pointless- March 10, 2008 at 9:32 pm
All this talk about these guys fighting is ridiculous. 2 different sports both have great fighters and fights. MMA fighters will lose in the ring. Boxers will lose in the Cage. Simple!
BIG CHRIS- March 10, 2008 at 9:22 pm
If the UFC allows something like this happen to make Anderson Silva happy, why wouldn't you get your more marketable champion the fight he wants....I would rather see Randy Couture fight Fedor, I am an mma fan, not a boxing fan....Who cares if you can beat Roy jones Jr. in a boxing match, Take it to the cage....all those boxers are scared of the cage...don't go to them let them come to the cage....Roy Jones jr. is old anyways......wht would that prove for Spiderman....it would prove nothing at all....go up in wieght and fight Rampage, or go down in wieght and fight GSp....but forget about Boxing.....that would prove nothing....
Kim Couture is a cunt- March 10, 2008 at 8:18 pm
Anderson Vs Page, Liddell blah blah blah
Popetastic- March 10, 2008 at 8:08 pm
I agree with blackleg. I would much rather see "mouth" Mayweather get bitch slapped in the octagoan.
Popetastic- March 10, 2008 at 7:10 pm
I love AS, but he'd get completely housed by Roy Jones Jr. in a boxing match.
Aryan- March 10, 2008 at 6:03 pm
I'd pay even more to watch that shit
Blackleg- March 10, 2008 at 5:08 pm
Still rather see Mayweather drag his sorry ass into a cage and get worked. Having said that though, I'd certainly watch Silva get in the ring with RJJ. Not sure who I'd be looking to win that one.
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