RJJ wants to bring UFC to Russia, vs. Silva


For years Anderson Silva and Roy Jones Jr. have expressed the desire to face each other, in a boxing match.

“That’s his lifelong dream,” said Jones speaking of Silva. “We’ve got to make that happen. If (Silva) beats Weidman, then we’ll do a boxing match, which is what he wants to do. … If he beats Weidman, I’ve got to be ready for it because he’s going to be coming for me – and I want to be ready when he comes for me. I want to give him what he wants.”

Chances of it happening seemed wildly remote, but the greatest thing about mixed martial arts is that anything can happen, even, possibly, boxing. UFC president Dana White has, however grudgingly, said he will consider the bout.

“These two drive me crazy. They drive me crazy,” said White recently. “First of all, Roy Jones Jr. is a longtime friend of mine. When I was a 19-year-old kid in the boxing business, Roy Jones was very good to me. So I’m in this position where I feel like Roy wants to fight him, he wants to fight Roy – I feel like I’m in this position to try to make both of these guys happy. But it drives me crazy."

Now Jones has added a further twist - he wants to make the bout in Russia. The Moscow based R-Sport has the story.

After outpointing obscure French-Algerian fighter Zine Eddine Benmakhlouf in a boxing match in Moscow on Saturday, Jones said he wanted to bring the UFC to Russia for the first time when he debuts in MMA.

“I really love Russia,” Jones said. “It all depends where the best offer comes from, but next year I’m supposed to be fighting Anderson Silva and I really hope to have that fight in Russia.”

Jones’ Russian promoter Vlad Hrunov said he has already had offers for the TV rights for a Jones-Silva fight and would fly to Las Vegas on Monday for talks with White.

“I’ve got the desire to bring White’s show, the UFC, to Russia,” said Hrunov, but suggested that there had been “a certain amount of skepticism” from TV companies as to whether the Jones-Silva bout would actually take place.

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There remain hurdles to the contest, not the least of which is Silva beating Chris Weidman on Saturday, live on PPV, in the biggest fight of the year.


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HandyDarsh site profile image  

12/22/13 7:41 PM by HandyDarsh

This makes no sense to me

672 site profile image  

12/22/13 7:39 PM by 672

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pureincognito site profile image  

12/22/13 5:43 PM by pureincognito

Silva and RJJ both need to get over it already. No one besides them cares about or wants to see that fight therefore it makes no sense for the UFC to allow it. The only way I could ever see it happening is if it was like the Couture/Toney situation where Couture was at the end of his career but still hanging around and nothing really made sense for him. UFC will still have a lot of interesting things for Silva whether he wins or loses to Weidman.If he wins: Belfort rematch in Brazil stadium, Weidman 3, etc. The MW division is better than ever so he will have plenty to do as champ.If he loses: How about some superfights with Nick Diaz, Shogun, Cung Le, or even a HW like Mir who he wanted to fight before. He'll still sell as the main event on any card in Brazil.

RyannVonDoom site profile image  

12/22/13 5:15 PM by RyannVonDoom

Bingo.., justfuckig do it regardless of the outcome

JimmersonzGlove site profile image  

12/22/13 5:14 PM by JimmersonzGlove

Would make more sense to do it if silva lost.

Dodge135 site profile image  

12/22/13 5:09 PM by Dodge135

And Fedor Vs. Lesnar will be the co-main event, nice try Blaf but now you're only foolin a few of the people all of the time.

UGCTT_CloudStrife site profile image  

12/22/13 4:35 PM by UGCTT_CloudStrife

Anderson has wanted to box RJJ not fight him in an MMA match or a kick boxing match. RJJ stands no chance if kicks and the ground is involved. Now I would love to see MMA gloves used for boxing rules but I have a feeling it will be standard boxing rules and equipment.

Jesus Cannons site profile image  

12/22/13 4:22 PM by Jesus Cannons

This is an odd situation, for sure. If it's a UFC promoted fight, why promote it as a boxing fight? Shouldn't it just be an MMA bout? Would it be in an octagon or a boxing ring? Would undercard fights be boxing matches or MMA bouts?I assume both fighters would already have a "gentleman's agreement" to just stand with each other. Hopefully Anderson will use his kicks and knees so he even has a chance. I have no desire to see Anderson BOX with RJJ. Wouldn't even be a challenge for RJJ, even at this stage in his career.

If it ain't Dutch, it ain't much site profile image  

12/22/13 3:23 PM by If it ain't Dutch, it ain't much

I am confused...Is it a UFC fight or a boxing fight?If it's in the UFC, why would Dana bring this fight to Russia?The amount of money they make because of a potential TV deal in Russia for 1 fight is far less then the money they would make by holding that fight in the US or Brazil.

Bry Bry site profile image  

12/22/13 1:22 PM by Bry Bry

yeah im confused as well..this match between jones and Anderson is going to be in the Ufc, but its going to be boxing only??if so, that is fucking retarded, if anything it should be a kickboxing match so Anderson stands a chance.. why dont they just fight an mma match as im sure ANderson would keep it standing??it would be much more interesting than watching former world champion boxer pummel a ufc legend..