Roy Jones Jr.

Strikforce on Fence Concerning Jones Jr

Roy Jones Jr. Photo courtesy of HBO Championship Boxing.

Just because Dana White won’t let Roy Jones Jr fight Anderson Silva in the UFC doesn’t mean that he’s going to stop trying to get into the sport of mixed martial arts. Mere hours after an agreement between Jones and Silva’s camps was shot down, word now comes that RJJ may be interested in a fight with Nick Diaz.

The issue was discussed on Strikeforce’s conference call with the media today and not everyone that is part of the Strikeforce/Showtime alliance is on the same page when it comes to boxing’s former pound-for-pound king. Ken Hershman for one, believes that the idea is a complete waste of time:

“I get a Roy Jones call once a week, pitching me things. That would be a very, very long shot of ever happening on Showtime. I think it’s an insult to the integrity of mixed martial arts to think Roy Jones, or any professional boxer, can just come in and fight Nick Diaz in a mixed martial arts context. In a boxing context, it’s completely different. Beyond that, it’s not the strategy that we’re employing. We’re looking to build the best mixed martial arts brand. I believe that we have the best professional boxing brand on television and I think our fights, month in and month out, prove that. I don’t see the need to combine the two at the moment. I wouldn’t want to go down that path just now.”

Scott Coker? Well he’s at least interested in entertaining the idea:

“I did get a call from Nick’s manager asking me if I’d be interested in looking at a fight between Roy Jones and Nick. I said, ‘Are you talking about boxing? Are you talking about MMA?’ He says, ‘In MMA.’ I said, ‘Well, that’s something we can definitely have a conversation about. That just happened this morning. That’s the extent of it.”

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Jones Agrees to Meet Silva in UFC; Dana White Nixes Idea

Anderson Silva. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

It seems as if Roy Jones Jr and Anderson Silva’s constant quest to fight each other will never end, at least not at this rate. The newest development in the saga comes courtesy of Jones, who according to Silva’s manager, Ed Soares, would be willing to fight “The Spider” instead of the Octagon.

The idea still isn’t sitting well with UFC President Dana White:

“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.”


“I could do it, make it huge, make money, but I could have done a fight like this when we were bleeding money [in the early 2000s],” White said. “The fight would make some money, but it hurts MMA in the long term. We don’t do that because we love the sport. That’s a Pride or K-1 matchup. It’s not what we do.”

This isn’t just a matter of White saying no out of the blue. According to the article, the management teams of both Jones and Silva agreed on terms of an MMA match before bringing the idea to White, who promptly shot it down.

While it seems that White would be crazy to do, one has to dig deeper into his potential reasoning. If Dana were to put on a Jones-Silva bout, RJJ would be asking for money, and lots of it. Possibly more than any mixed martial artist has ever been paid. The UFC is already reluctant to hand out the big bucks as it is, and a big payout to Jones could end up forcing other fighters to start speaking up for their fair share.

On top of that, everyone knows that even though the fight will be taking place under MMA rules, Silva would likely opt to stand and trade with Jones, boxing style. Silva has a much better chance with 4 oz. gloves on his hands rather than 16 oz. mitts, but remember that Jones will be wearing the smaller gloves as well. Did Dana make the right decision here? At least in terms of his investment, it’s very possible.

Roy Jones Separates Bobby Lashley and Jason Guida

Roy Jones Jr, played the part of peacemaker in stepping in between Bobby Lashley and Jason Guida at the press conference for Jones’ hybrid boxing-MMA event, March Badness.

Report: White Nixes Silva-Jones Showdown

Anderson Silva weighs-in for UFC 82: Pride of a Champion. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The potential roadblock that Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White presented in possibly preventing a much-anticipated boxing match between current UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and former pound-for-pound phenom Roy Jones Jr has apparently been put to use.

According to the latest print edition of Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer, White will not allow such a match to happen while Silva is under contract with the UFC.

The news comes just weeks after Jones’ management team confirmed that they would be interested in a bout, also believing that a fight between the two would help mend the current rocky relationship between boxing and mixed martial arts.

The idea of the bout originated during the post-fight press conference for UFC 82: Pride of a Champion, where Silva submitted former PRIDE middleweight champion Dan Henderson to unify the titles and remain undefeated inside the confines of the UFC. Silva expressed interest in the venture when he was asked by a reporter.

Silva’s manager, Ed Soares, has reportedly been in contact with Jones but it now seems that the UFC’s infamous exclusive contracts and White’s constant refusal to co-promote with other organizations or entities will prevent the dream fight from taking place.

Touch of gloves to MMA Junkie for the find via Bloody Elbow.

Jones Accepts Silva’s Challenge

From Isaac Singleton on Flickr.

Immediately after his win over Dan Henderson earlier this month, Anderson Silva mentioned that he is interested in entering the professional boxing ranks, namely to take on former pound-for-pound phenom Roy Jones Jr.

The idea has since been repeated, both by Silva himself and his manager, Ed Soares. That idea may soon become a reality as Jones Jr. himself has reportedly expressed interest in fighting Silva at some point in the near future according to MMA Weekly.

“I just spoke with Roy Jones’ management and they are very interested in it,” Soares told Ken Pishna. “They think it would break all kinds of pay-per-view records. It all kind of started as a dream of Anderson’s, but if the UFC would back it, it is something that we really would like to pursue.”

Soares also went on to say that Jones believes a potential fight against his client will help mend the relationship between boxing and mixed martial arts.

“They think it will actually bring together the boxing and MMA communities,” said Soares. “Anderson looks up to Roy Jones, and he would love to test his skills against him. At the same time, we are very loyal to the UFC and would love to represent the UFC in a boxing match with Jones.”

While the a potential roadblock courtesy of the UFC looms ahead, one would automatically assume that Dana White and the UFC’s infamous exclusive contracts would prevent Silva from stepping anywhere near a ring.

However Jones Jr. is historically stubborn himself, usually only fighting on his terms and when he feels like it these days. Trust me, I know from experience.

Then again, everybody has a price. White’s past association with boxing is strong enough to at least make him consider things. If White and Don King (who I believe has the promotional rights to Jones but I could be mistaken) could strike a deal where both sides could come out of the proceedings better than ever, we could be witnessing history in the making shortly.

It would be an historic event. One of the best ever in one sport going up against a potential all-time great in another. Boxing vs MMA. It’d be huge.

For more on the potential fight between Silva and Jones, check out a piece I wrote yesterday regarding it.

Trading Places

Anderson Silva weighs-in for UFC 82: Pride of a Champion. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Throughout history there’s been a good amount of athletes who have tried their hand at multiple sports. While we likely won’t have another Bo Jackson for a long time, there are still those select few that go out of their way in order to show prowess in a sport that is not their own. Tony Gonzalez and Terrell Owens are a good, recent example of this.

Mixed martial artists aren’t an exception to the rule. It’s pretty prevalent that fighters train and compete in various forms of the martial arts. However when it comes to the big dogs these days, MMA and Boxing, it’s been a one-sided affair for the most part.

Floyd Mayweather has expressed interest in converting to the world’s fastest growing sport. Tommy Morrison made up his own set of rules. Eric “Butterbean” Esch has found moderate success but will never become anything more than just a sideshow attraction in the sport. Yosuke Nishijima will be none of the above.

The same goes for boxing’s criticism of MMA. We all know about the comments of Mayweather, Morrison, Marvin Hagler, and Jim Lampley but for the most part, MMA’s harsh words concerning boxing have been few and far between, save Dana White and his promoting expertise knocking the sport’s wrongdoings of recent years.

So what about mixed martial artists going into boxing? I’m not talking about fighters like Nick Diaz, Melvin Guillard, and Vitor Belfort, guys that only have a handful of professional fights under their belt.

To this day only Chris Lytle and Marcus Davis have made a splash in both ends of the spectrum. MMA for the most part doesn’t have an answer to boxing’s constant claims that no one from their sport can achieve success in the other.

Until now.

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