With win at UFC 168, White will make Silva vs. Roy Jones Jr. in boxing

December 9, 2013

Anderson Silva has been talking about a boxing fight with legendary fighter Roy Jones Jr. for a couple years. The likely hood of it happening has been a pipe dream mostly, but now seems like UFC President Dana White may be coming around to the idea:

“He said that’s his lifelong dream,” Jones said. “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.”

So how serious of a possibility is that? White has been answering questions about such a fight’s plausibility for years, but now it seems like it’s something he might consider – especially since Jones is planning to be cageside a week after he fights Zine Eddine Benmakhlouf for the WBU cruiserweight title in Russia.

“These two drive me crazy. They drive me crazy,” White said. “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.

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