Former pound-for-pound boxing champ Roy Jones Jr. wants to step into the ring with former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva… but says the UFC won’t let it happen.
The Brazilian MMA star has long called a fight with Jones a dream, and now, the boxer says he’d like it to happen, though both are past their primes.
According to Jones Jr., the only thing standing in the way is the UFC. Being that Silva has recently signed a 15-fight UFC contract at 39 years of age, it doesn’t seem likely that the fight will ever happen.
“[Anderson Silva] is a person, who like myself, when we succeed at something, we want to try something else if we can,” Jones tells The MMA Fight Corner. “We want to see how far we can go. We want to test the skies to see if the sky is the limit.
“But on his downside, the UFC won’t allow him to fulfill his dream,” he continued. “It’s such a shame because it’s a night that I’m sure people from both worlds would really admire.”
Silva recently promised to fight for five more years in the UFC, and if he can fulfill his contractual obligations over this period, he’ll be 44 and Jones will be over 50. So, it’s likely the two will never fight each other.
“I feel really solid that [the UFC] won’t allow him to do [the boxing match],” Jones also said. “But as a fighter, I think [Silva] is a phenomenal fighter and I think he’s probably going to be one of the best UFC fighters to ever touch the planet.”