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.


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