RJJ: UFC can't make up mind about boxing Silva


Roy Jones Jr was recently interviewed by the Russian MMA site MixFight.ru about the long rumored fight between Jones and former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.

"Well, as an actual plan, it was an actual plan," said a jet lagged Jones. "The UFC, which is like M-1,* they're having second thoughts, they're not really making up their mind, whether they want to let him, or not let him. He wants to, because he wants to box. I want to. It's just a matter of the organization giving him the freedom to do it."

UFC president Dana White's last comments on the potential fight were back in Jan, and corroborated Jones' remarks.

“This stuff drives me crazy,” said White then. “But it’s always interesting with Anderson. I don’t know. We’ll see.”

“Anderson a long way away from throwing a punch or a kick or anything, so let’s see how he recovers before we start talking about fights."

With Silva rapidly recovering from the leg break, and being potentially leery of kicking and being leg locked, a boxing match with Roy Jones Jr could be the perfect return to combat sports.

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vidals site profile image  

4/9/14 8:55 PM by vidals

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rB3tidHAzBIblue plz

YouCantHandleMyRiddum site profile image  

4/9/14 8:49 PM by YouCantHandleMyRiddum

Past his prime and off of steroids, Roy would still destroy Anderson in boxing.

BernardHopkins site profile image  

4/9/14 8:27 PM by BernardHopkins

Roy Jones Jr was recently interviewed by the Russian MMA site MixFight.ru about the long rumored fight between Jones and former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva. nah he was interviewed about the fight between himself and former ufc middleweight champion, anderson silva.

ChaosOverkill site profile image  

4/9/14 7:55 PM by ChaosOverkill

  how would they have both ring and cage somewhere though? While I agree with the idea, the ring would either cost them seating or time, it it was somehow even feasible to set one up   

Ornoku site profile image  

4/9/14 7:43 PM by Ornoku

Yes they do, just because you retire doesn't mean you're out of your contract. The UFC could choose to let you go or they could keep your contract and not allow you to fight anywhere else. Retiring doesn't legally remove any kind of a contract.

da Vinci 81 site profile image  

4/9/14 6:59 PM by da Vinci 81

Define retired. Randy retired, Tito retired, countless others have too and come right back shortly after. You can't just say you're retired, have your contract voided, and then go compete somewhere else that was prohibited in the very contract you just signed. If that was true everyone would do that anytime they wanted out of a deal. And there's no way to enforce a retirement either. it's not only illegal to prevent someone from earning a living but the UFC themselves would still be contractually obligated to honour the remaining fights, or else release them from that contract.

Ansari site profile image  

4/9/14 5:50 PM by Ansari

I understand all of that completely. I'm wondering why/if those UFC contract restrictions would apply to a retired fighter.

Jimmy Wrassler site profile image  

4/9/14 4:25 PM by Jimmy Wrassler

Youre not understanding this at all. A part of the UFC contract says Anderson cant do any combat sports and probably anything else that would put him in danger of getting hurt (within reason, obviously driving a car can be dangerous but thats not realistic). I know years ago a lot of baseball players had it in their contracts that they cant go skiing because of possible knee injuries (among other things). I know Dana was pissed at Cerrone for wake boarding and bull riding because his contract said he cant do that kind of shit.

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4/9/14 4:17 PM by da Vinci 81

As far as other sports like bull riding, for example, that may only come down to active fighters. If cerrone retires I doubt the UFC would even care if he went bull riding. It would be horrible PR if they tried to sue over something like that. Boxing and other combat sports is different however. Having a UFC fighter get his ass kicked in boxing is the main reason they don't allow it and that's unlikely to change.

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4/9/14 4:04 PM by da Vinci 81

Well, there may be some sort of clause where after x number of years the contract is void, but I can almost guarantee that would be quite a long time from now. And Anderson signed some 8 or 10 fight deal so by the time the term of that contract runs out (if it does) he's be way too old to box. And the contracts are structured so that the UFC is obligated to offer a certain amount of fights within a year and only if they fail to do that are they in breach. A fighter can turn down a fight but as long as the promotion makes the offer they've fulfilled their end of the agreement. And just like with gsp now, his contract is frozen in place. He can't fight anywhere else, retired or not, without either completing that contact or being released. That's how the UFC protects themselves when guys like Nate Diaz suddenly hate their contracts and want out. It's basically impossible.