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Roy Jones Jr. Flying to UFC 162 to Discuss Fighting Anderson Silva With Dana White

(Please enjoy this Roy Jones Jr. boxing highlight video. And then, please remember that all those fights happened a very long time ago, in a very different sport than MMA)

Sadly, we may be closer than ever to an Anderson Silva vs. Roy Jones Jr. fight. On Thursday, Dana White told MMA Junkie that the former boxing pound for pound champ is coming to UFC 162 this Saturday in Vegas to discuss fighting Anderson Silva in the UFC.

Yahoo! Sports’ Kevin Iole also confirmed with Jones Jr. that he is meeting with White to discuss fighting “The Spider” under MMA rules in the UFC. Jones Jr., of course, is a future hall of fame boxer that is at least ten years out of his prime.

For years, Jones Jr. looked unbeatable but over the past ten years he has lost seven times in fifteen outings, four of those losses coming by way of ugly KO or TKO. The forty four year-old needs to give up fighting of any kind for the good of his health.

Jones Jr. has been so far gone for so long that, even in 2009 when Silva was vocal about wanting to box him, it seemed like a dangerous proposition for the former Olympian. Add a half decade and MMA rules into the mix and a Silva vs. Roy Jr. fight sounds almost masochistic.

For whatever reason, thogh, Anderson Silva has kept Jones Jr.’s name in his mouth for years, now. Often times it looked as if he used the threat of boxing Roy as a bargaining chip with the UFC but this is the first time that White has seemed at all open to the idea of his middleweight champ fighting Jones Jr. and they are talking about doing it in MMA.

As we all know, if White wants to put together a sham boxing vs. MMA bout in the UFC, he can get it done. We’re not sure what Silva or White think they will accomplish by trotting out yet another sadly brain-bruised former boxing champion to the Octagon and having a UFC legend beat them with ease, but it now appears that this “super fight” might be the only one we’re getting with Silva anytime soon.

Then again, this is far from the first time Jones Jr. or Silva have campaigned for this fight. Heck, it isn’t even the first time Jones Jr. has said he’d go to a UFC event to watch Silva in person and try to make a bout happen. Despite all that, the fight has never happened.

Let’s hope it still won’t. Ultimately, we can’t blame promoters for being promoters and fighters for being fighters.

How can Dana White ignore two huge names saying they want to fight each other and make him a lot of money? How can we fault fighters like Roy for wanting to fight, even when they are far removed from their prime?

Ultimately, it will be the responsibility of any and all athletic commissions to not allow this fight or any like it to happen. Allowing a former boxing champion who is in his mid forties and who has spent the last decade getting pummeled to continue to box is itself embarrassing to the commissions that continue to sanction Jones Jr. To allow him to also take on perhaps the best mixed martial arts fighter in history, while he is still in his apparent prime, in the boxer’s first ever MMA bout would be unconscionable.

We can’t imagine any real commission, like those of Nevada, New Jersey or California sanctioning an Anderson Silva vs. Roy Jones Jr. MMA bout. Well, we hope not.

James Toney was sanctioned to fight Randy Couture, after all.

If Silva wants to make the big super-fight money that he’s surely earned, either he needs to bite the bullet and take on Jon Jones or Georges St. Pierre needs to suck it up and fight Anderson.

- Elias Cepeda

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kayla1231- July 7, 2013 at 11:19 am
up to I saw the receipt which was of $9288, I have faith father in law was like realie receiving money in there spare time on their apple laptop.. there uncles cousin has been doing this for under 11 months and recently repayed the depts on there mini mansion and bourt themselves a Honda NSX. we looked here,
Matifens- July 7, 2013 at 8:21 am
as Stephanie answered I am shocked that a mother able to earn $8729 in four weeks on the internet. did you read this link
macreadysshack- July 6, 2013 at 3:36 pm
@paperplane - good for him! I didn't see the fight so I was just making a fairly senseless and certainly unfunny joke.
Laine1977- July 6, 2013 at 11:42 am
as Donna said I am impressed that a mom able to earn $4549 in 4 weeks on the computer. did you read this web page
Thumblaster- July 6, 2013 at 8:16 am
@mookie, that fight would be.......fucking awsome. who would win? It would be like bigfoot went to oz and the munchkin's were straight fuckin' gangsta.
mookiestick- July 6, 2013 at 7:06 am
Without being a hater. This is just not a fight I care to see. I'd rather see Demetrius Johnson, John Dodson and Joseph Benavidez all fight Bigfoot.. That would be what Dana White would call a, "fun fight". Starlet putting fights like that together. I bet you'll get a lot more PPV's...
Thumblaster- July 6, 2013 at 5:17 am
@ boober, that would be a good career move than you can beat up women in the cage. Just say you are a tranie and people will praise your courage. I got roy jones jr. by flying arm bar.
boober- July 5, 2013 at 9:37 pm
If this fight happens I'll cut my dick off.
paperplane- July 5, 2013 at 9:15 pm
@macready kalib looked good. Dominated Tim Hague who was about 60 pounds heavier.
BigWhiskey- July 5, 2013 at 9:04 pm
If it was 15 years ago and a straight boxing match, I'd bet a fortune on Roy Jones Jr. His hands were so fast, you often only saw his hands moving back after the punch completed. It made his opponents look like they were moving in slow motion. However, put any boxer in with a mixed martial arts fighter and the second it goes to the ground, the boxer is toast. It's too late in the game for RJJ now too (James Toney all over again), though he was my favorite boxer to watch back then.
macreadysshack- July 5, 2013 at 7:27 pm
Im convinced that A Silva has taken inspiration for a number of his show boaty moves fro RJJr. That highlight video really reinforced that. Rashad may have borrowed a few things, too :)
macreadysshack- July 5, 2013 at 7:21 pm
Was Starnes at his fighting weight (too fat to run)?
paperplane- July 5, 2013 at 6:04 pm
If it matters tonight to anyone, July 5, AFC goes down in Edmonton and on the card is Caleb starnes vs Tim Hague at heavyweight. Heavyweight you say? Caleb weighed in at 214 and Hague weighed in at 265 lol
algiersheadkick504- July 5, 2013 at 5:37 pm
I don't give a bag of flying fucks how old Roy and Anderson are I wanna see this shit. Fuck the haters
crappiefloper- July 5, 2013 at 5:11 pm
mcdolph- July 5, 2013 at 3:24 pm
Lol I could beat roy j under mma rules.
Rampages Conscience- July 5, 2013 at 3:16 pm
Woah. Roy Jones Jr. beat James Toney 19 years ago. There are so many things wrong with that fact.
Rampages Conscience- July 5, 2013 at 3:13 pm
So... I kinda want to see this. Is that wrong?