Some fans could care less if Anderson Silva ever fights boxing star Roy Jones Jr., but the UFC middleweight champ continues to insist that he’s interesting in boxing the 44 year-old pugilist, and that further, he would like to soon. While speaking on a media call today to promote his upcoming UFC 162 tilt with Chris Weidman, Silva had this to say when asked about Jones Jr. (quote via MMA Weekly.com).
“Of course I want to fight him. Maybe after this fight with Weidman, regardless of the outcome, I would love to fight him. He’s already said that he would fight me also, so that’s something that I would really like to happen,” said Silva. “I feel that his boxing style is one that I’d like to test myself against. I’ve always been a fan of his, and I just always wanted to test myself against Roy Jones.”
Silva recently signed a 10 fight extension with the UFC, however, so it’s remains unclear how and if a bout with Jones Jr. could materialize. When asked about the logistics of booking the fight, Silva added:
“There’s a lot of possibilities of different things that could happen. But that’s a fight that I’ve always wanted. That’s a fight that I still want. We’re going to have to see how everything plays out and wait for the next chapter of Anderson Silva and the UFC.”
For the record, Jones Jr. has also said he’d be willing to battle Silva, in a boxing match…of course. Will it happen? Probably not, but a lot of people will likely tune in if it does.
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