Roy Jones Jr. Comments On Failed Anderson Silva Deal

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Roy Jones Jr. comments to the NY Daily News on the failed Anderson Silva boxing match dream fight that was quickly extinguished by Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) president Dana White.

“I don’t see how it could discredit the UFC…The guy has boxed before and he’s a tall, slick, left handed fighter. That gives everybody problems. It would be a good fight. As fighters we’re supposed to be trying to do things that amaze people and make history. This could have been something that people really wanted to see…I just think it’s wrong not to allow him (Silva) to get the opportunity to live out his fantasy to be in the ring with one of his heroes. That’s the kind of thing that boxing promoters usually do.”

“If I had a high school wrestling background, I’d be willing to try that stuff (mixed martial arts)…But I’m lost on the ground.”

“He’s got a lot of heart and I have nothing but respect for him for wanting to take on the best in boxing.”

John Wirt, RJJ’s business partner:

“I think it’s unfortunate,” said think it’s unfortunate…It could have been a good fight. It could have been a major draw for boxing and the MMA world.”, a partner with Jones in his Square Ring Promotions company. “It could have been a good fight. It could have been a major draw for boxing and the MMA world.”


  1. kom34

    April 8, 2008 at 4:30 am

    if anderson silva really wants to make it happen he should just wait till his ufc contract is up and then set up the match with roy jones then.

  2. roy

    April 8, 2008 at 5:09 am

    i agree kom, but dana also should have let them fight it would have been huge.i wonder how mad silva is that dana stopped him from having this would have been huge for his career and a huge payday for him.

  3. erik

    April 8, 2008 at 5:17 am

    yea i agree that it would have been huge for his career but how well could anderson silva do without his feet, without being able to throw knees, and without being able to submit the person for the win?

  4. Kash

    April 8, 2008 at 5:41 am

    Yeah, I think Anderson is tough but I'm not positive in his boxing ability alone. I think its a big payday for both fighters and sometime down the line it will happen. I don't think Silva is mad at Dana because there was 0 percent chance Dana would have let this happen in the first place.

  5. roy

    April 8, 2008 at 6:50 am

    i don't think silva would have won but i know he would have gotten payed 10 times more than any mma fight he has had and that is enough to piss someone off

  6. derek

    April 8, 2008 at 9:40 am

    roy jones was great back in the day, but anderson silva looks exactly like antonio taver. same length of arms, same height, but much better chin and much more accurate punches. it would be doomsday for jones.

  7. tom

    April 9, 2008 at 12:35 am

    i think it would be a good match but i see jr maybe winning but if it was mma silva could be him easy

  8. G

    April 22, 2008 at 8:45 am

    Remember people, this all started when boxers began their trash talking about MMA fighters. So why are the tables being turned all of a sudden??? Mayweather was on eof the initiators, I dont see him in the talks!? In fact he sure did retract his words huh… I would love to see him in the octagon. Would be demolished! Cant run in MMA!

  9. kom34

    April 22, 2008 at 8:47 am

    mayweather would also get beat in the boxing ring by cotto.

  10. ThaBOI

    June 28, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    Dana won't let Anderson box, because if he gets destroyed by Jones even though it is boxing and not mma he will still lose some credibility as a fighter. There is more for dana to lose here than gain I believe. Why would he want everyone to see one of his top fighters lose in any type of fighting? Granted it is a great opportunity for Anderson it is still smart from a business standpoint to not let him fight unless you want to take a gamble thinking he has a chance to hold his own.

  11. whodini

    June 28, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    piss on Roy Jones Jr… all he wants is a paycheck

  12. Nichole Lesniak

    June 28, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    Dana won't let Silva box because the UFC is not a boxing organization….bottom line! If Jones wants to fight in the octagon, that's a different story….

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