According to this CBS Sports report, Jones Jr. is now willing to enter the Octagon and fight Anderson under MMA rules. Both parties have already verbally agreed to the fight.
So Jones’ manager, McGee Wright, approached Jones a few weeks ago, and asked him if he’d consider fighting Silva on his turf, in an Octagon.
Jones agreed, McGee told CBSSports.com. So a pumped-up McGee reached out to Silva’s manager, Soares, and Soares was excited as well.
“He said Silva would do it, fight Roy in an MMA fight,” Wright said.
Great news for Anderson, right? Is it possible this is the middleweight match-up Dana said he was working on that “would blow people’s minds” (btw, the last time we heard that phrase, we got action figures and Lorenzo Fertitta working for the company he already owns)? Yeah, no, not by a long shot. Dana already shot it down.
“You won’t see a Silva versus Jones fight while Silva is under contract with me,” White said Tuesday. “I don’t want to say anything bad about Roy Jones, I like Roy Jones and was a fan of his, but he mattered like fifteen years ago. He’s not anywhere near the best boxer in the world. He must’ve spent all his money.”
So much for that idea. I don’t really blame Dana for for putting the brakes on it though. Even with a gentleman’s agreement to stay standing, a Jones-Silva MMA fight just doesn’t seem all that appealing to me. At least in boxing match, there’s a little bit of uncertainty of how the fight will go down.
In a MMA fight, the only thing I see going down is Roy Jones Jr.