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Roy Jones Jr. Speaks Out on Torpedoed Silva Match

Last week, it was revealed that Dana White put the official kibosh on the proposed boxing match between Anderson Silva and Roy Jones Jr., due to its conflict with Silva’s UFC contract. In a new interview with the New York Daily News, Jones expressed disappointment at the way things were handled:

“I don’t see how it could discredit the UFC,” Jones said. “The guy has boxed before and he’s a tall, slick, left handed fighter. That gives everybody problems. It would be a good fight. As fighters we’re supposed to be trying to do things that amaze people and make history. This could have been something that people really wanted to see. I just think it’s wrong not to allow him (Silva) to get the opportunity to live out his fantasy to be in the ring with one of his heroes.”

Jones also added:

“If I had a high school wrestling background, I’d be willing to try that stuff (mixed martial arts),” Jones said. “But I’m lost on the ground.”

I’m still not sure how I feel about this. On the one hand, Silva would get schooled in a boxing match with RJJ, and it would absolutely discredit UFC fighters in the eyes of the casual sports fan — many of whom already believe mixed martial artists are talentless brawlers who lack the skill of pro boxers. But then again, isn’t this the kind of thing that would help spread awareness of MMA and its stars on a worldwide level? And wouldn’t Dana White benefit from giving his stars a longer leash so they don’t all become disgruntled and leave the Octagon for freer pastures?

Your thoughts?

(Props: MMAMania)

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slive- May 1, 2008 at 5:29 am
remember silva is the one who asked for the fight to be done boxing rules. He obviously figures He can hold his own letm fight I say. If he looses big deal its not an mma fight its a boxing match theres a big difference but lets see what he's got.
PFid- April 8, 2008 at 5:32 am
I don't see how this fight would discredit anyone. Silva would be displaying one element of his MMA background. If he loses, no big deal. If he wins, big deal. More importantly, even RJJ admits (indirectly) that he would get clobbered in an MMA match with Silva. We all know that, which is why Silva/RJJ would be a boxing match rather than an MMA match. The reason Dana is against it is because there is a chance Silva could be seriously injured, and would therefore potentially stop making money for the UFC. All this stuff about losing face is just bunk because all MMA fans know would the all-around better fighter is.
KG- April 8, 2008 at 1:13 am
Thank You Mr. Wiltzor. The belt for reason goes to you.
Wiltzor- April 8, 2008 at 1:04 am
i think KG is saying they could at least compromise. a Muay Thai match could be entertaining.
lolwut- April 8, 2008 at 12:49 am
What r u talking about lol why would a boxer want to fight in mma with no groundskills thats just dumb.
KG- April 7, 2008 at 9:05 pm
To C-Bus All Star.....FU!!. joking. But I do agree with you and what you wrote. My issue is the whole Boxer want to fight a MMA fighter in Boxing rules. Not Boxer want to fight MMA fighter in MMA rules. thats pretty much it.
And 4 the record my head is on very well. Both of them. Zoinks!

Aryan- April 7, 2008 at 7:10 pm
Its a gamble. If Silva wins it will be very good for the UFC and MMA. If he loses than it will be very embarrassing. So either very good or very bad but its a risk
C-Bus Allstar- April 7, 2008 at 6:19 pm
I don't think this KG guy has his head on straight. In case you don't know who Roy Jones Jr. is, lemme refresh you, actually, lemme sum up his career for you. He could be put into the Boxing Hall of Fame RIGHT NEXT TO Muhammed Ali and NO ONE WOULD BAT AN EYE. RJJ is one of the greatest boxers to ever lace up the gloves. Granted, Silva is probably one of the greatest MMA fighters to ever lace up the gloves. BUT Silva is still just an average BOXER. Now, put those together, Average boxer + One of the greatest Boxers ever = RJJ Stomping the shit out of Silva in a boxing match. I agree however if you put them in the octagon, there's no doubt in my mind that Silva would come out on top due to knee strikes to the face. However, in a boxing ring, Silva would not only get demolished, he'd get embarrassed. And all the Boxing-Fag(n)boys, would be all "I TOLD YOU BOXING WAS > MMA" and it would be bad for all involved. Dana White (Although an idiot) is making an EXCELLENT business decision in vetoing this boxing match. There's nothing (other than a few minutes spotlight) that the UFC or MMA could gain. And nearly EVERYTHING to lose.

Overall: Good call by Dana, but I agree it would be an interesting first round of boxing, then RJJ would beat Silva into a pulp.
KG- April 7, 2008 at 5:29 pm
I said once and I will say it again. "Anderson Silva does not to prove anything to the boxing world." Why is it that a boxer always want to fight a MMA fighter but on there terms and boxing rules. why cant it be the other way around. Why dont RJJ go into a MMA fight. "its because he donest like to fight on the ground." OK. then lets do a Kickboxing match would that be better for the boxer. RJJ. yes he is pound for pound 1 of the best "Boxer" in the world. But this is just another way of a boxer trying to boast his record and ego. Silva would destroy him. like I said before "Silva has nothing to prove."

RA- April 7, 2008 at 5:05 pm
Dana sucks. I wanted to see this fight.
Captain Popetastic- April 7, 2008 at 4:24 pm
It's nice to see Roy showing respect to Anderson Silva and MMA. He's always been one of my favorite boxers, so it's refreshing to hear him actually dive due credit to another sport.
NealTaflinger- April 7, 2008 at 4:12 pm
I think it would be an interesting return to MMA's roots: premier boxer versus Muay Thai/BJJ guy. We rarely see really top-level strikers in MMA, that's why guys like Cung Le are exciting, that's why camps like Sityodtong are winning fights. I think the type of stand up fighting practiced by most MMA fighters is way to wide open to contend successfully with world-class boxers, even if they are on the downturn like RJJ. I don't think most sports fans are sophisticated enough to understand that the mechanics of throwing and defending punches in boxing is different than in MMA where you have to be concerned with kicks and takedowns, and if RJJ put a whuppin' on Silva it would hurt MMA's credibility with new fans. At the end of the day, though, I'd like to see it. It would be an opportunity for both sports to learn from and promote each other.
cw- April 7, 2008 at 3:29 pm
Dana White is a business executive. Silva is under contract to White's business. Silva is also a big name for the UFC - he has headlined ppv shows. If Silva got crippled (permanent or short term injury) it would be detrimental to the UFC's ability to make money off of Silva. Silva is the one who signed the UFC contract - and under no duress. White and the UFC have every right to hold him to it. From the UFC's persepctive it makes perfect business sense to ensure that he stays away from competing shows.
Cung Le- April 7, 2008 at 3:13 pm
RJJ would beat the heel out of Silva, like I would do. Roy doesn't need to worry about knees, ground work or anything.
Roy would win by KO in less than a minute.
nick- April 7, 2008 at 3:11 pm
I agree that Dana White should probably keep his fighters on a longer leash, but the risk of having your best pound for pound fighter and one of the best fighters in all of MMA get knocked the fuck out in the first round by Roy Jones is too dangerous. The result would be damning for the UFC and MMA in general.