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Roy Jones Jr. Trying to Get Some of That UFC 101 Magic

(Sure, the last few decades saw boxing’s world titles become diluted to the point of being almost meaningless, but it was a boom time for the gold and leather-working industries.)

Since talk has died down recently about Roy Jones Jr. fighting Anderson Silva once his obligations to the UFC are fulfilled, seems like a good time for a cheap publicity-grabbing trip to Philly, doesn’t it?  That’s why RJJ announced via press release late Friday afternoon that he’d be attending UFC 101 tonight to see this Silva guy in action for himself.  But lest you be tempted to think it’s just a formerly great fighter wanting to enjoy the work of a currently great one, you should note that a) he sent out a goddamn press release about it, and b) of that press release, one sentence mentions Jones’ desire to see Silva fight in person, while the other two and a half paragraphs are devoted to telling you when, where, and for how much you can see his next fight with Jeff Lacy.

In other words, Jones is trying to see if he can’t get a little bit of the media spotlight devoted to UFC 101 in general, and Anderson Silva in particular, to spill on him.  We could look at that as a sign that Jones is desperate for attention in the last few years of his flagging career.  I prefer to look at it as a sign that MMA and the UFC have gotten so big time that the boxing world definitely wants some of what we got.  Can you blame them?

Don’t forget that we’ll be liveblogging tonight’s event, bringing you UFC 101 results and commentary all night long.  Meanwhile, Cage Potato reader Lebowski1976 will be enjoying the action live and in person.  How ‘bout pouring some out for the homies who couldn’t be there tonight, Lebowski.  Then go get your picture taken with the new Octagon girl.

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ScarTissue- August 8, 2009 at 6:48 pm
I'll bet that the camera doesn't pop over to Jones during the obligatory celebretard shoutouts the UFC always does.

cut to Paul Blaart Mall Cop
Seoul Brother- August 8, 2009 at 4:29 pm
I think he's an attention whore almost as bad as that Coney Island Whitefish, Floyd Mayweather Jr. I could believe it if he was an mma fan or even if as an established fighter, he was serious about whether or not he had the stones to step in the octagon, but when the overwhelming majority of his press release about attending UFC 101 has jack shit to do with the UFC, but with your upcoming boxing match, you're a little bitch.

Seriously - a fucking press release? Are you fucking kidding me?

And I know that's probably a stock photo, but goddamn - how does a dude look ashy, greasy, and jaundiced all at the same time?
caspersghost- August 8, 2009 at 3:47 pm
Flagging career? I love MMA as much as the next guy but that's a seriously misleading statement. As much as UFC fans would love it to be true, boxing/ Jones are still pulling in huge numbers. So what if Jones wants to set up something for a future interest, I bet neither the UFC or Silva are too unhappy about the publicity.
UFC fan- August 8, 2009 at 2:47 pm
Lebowski don't forget to take lots of pictures so we can see all the coolness of the live event.
M1-Grovel- August 8, 2009 at 2:39 pm
Roy Jones Jr is so transparent. But he's smart enough to fool Silva into casting some spot light his way. And when that died down? "hey, remember me? guys? hellooo?" Just sad...
Seoul Brother- August 8, 2009 at 1:15 pm
@Akilleez: Wow. That was fucking hilarious, dude.
AkilleeZ- August 8, 2009 at 1:14 pm
im taking ben stiller over the cabbage patch kid.
ArmFarmer- August 8, 2009 at 1:03 pm
Silva is going to crush Forrest I can't believe how many people think Forrest will win. Tonight the Silva that destroyed Franklin is going to return I feel bad for Forrest.
Horror Fighter- August 8, 2009 at 1:02 pm
Maybe Roy didn't get the memo from Mayweather explaining that MMA is for white guys who can't box. Save yourself a trip, Roy. In fact, give me your ticket so I can hang out with Lebowski.
831 Son- August 8, 2009 at 12:58 pm
Anderson Silva def. Forest Griffin via T/KO, R2. Time to make some money.
Joedirt- August 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm
I gotta be funnier next time so I can go.
llbunbaoll- August 8, 2009 at 9:21 am
Too bad for Lebowski, there's a 50 something yr old pervert going to replace Edith, so you out of luck while there's this guy spinning game at these 3 octagon girls, making living a little bit easy foe the rest of us guys.