White: Silva vs. Roy Jones Jr boxing match still possible
Roy Jones Jr. flew into Vegas for UFC 162 to discuss with UFC president Dana White, an acquaintance of some 20 years, about fighting Anderson Silva.
Despite the loss Saturday night, Jones still wants to box Silva, and in fact attributes the loss the Silva’s desire to fight him.
“For so long now he’s been wanting to box me,” said Jones. “I don’t even think the fight with this kid Weidman was really on his mind. I think he really was out more to show he has the razzle dazzle for his boxing goals, because he was trying to prove a point. He’s trying to to say ‘I’ve done this long enough, let’s see how I can do at boxing, we want the best.’
“It’s just that in this game you can’t play, and disrespect nobody that is in front of you. Neither can you do that in boxing.”
Jones went on to say that if Silva were to see how he does in boxing, he would return to MMA and rematch with Weidman fully focused.
When asked if he still wanted to fight Silva, Jones was adamant.
“In a boxing match? Of course,” replied Jones. “Because it is something the world has been wanting to see for a long time. I mean, it’s one of the biggest… it’s a show, it’s an event. Not a boxing match, not an MMA fight, but an event.”
When UFC 162 was over, White was asked about the fight.
“Oh no,” said White. “Roy is still saying, ‘Let me tell you what we can do.’ He was saying all kinds of s—. He still wants that fight.”
“Even if Anderson came back out in that second round and knocked him out, I still don’t know what the answer was. I brought him out here to talk. A crazy fight like that, like a boxing match between two guys, you’ve got to sit down and find out what expectations are. What are your expectations? What do you want to get out this thing? What are you thinking?”
Still, White believes Silva’s focus will now be on Weidman, not Jones.
“Anderson plays a lot of things off publicly,” said White. “The guy went on this win streak because he’s an amazing competitor and is an amazing talent. He’s going to want to redeem himself.”