If you were intrigued last week when news surfaced Dana White and Roy Jones Jr. were going to talk this weekend about the latter possibly boxing Anderson Silva, apparently it could still happen. While any “super fight” involving Silva and UFC light-heavyweight champ Jon Jones has been scratched, thanks to Chris Weidman’s left hook, White relayed after the card that Jones Jr. is still interested.
White was asked about Jones Jr. and whether the proposed fight is now a non-starter in the post-fight media scrum, and the UFC President relayed (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“Oh no. 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,” White said. “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?”
Of course, White likely isn’t going to go out of his way to help book that bout, as long as the prospect of Silva-Weidman II hangs overhead. Silva has said he needs time to think about what he wants to do next, after initially saying rematching Weidman doesn’t interest him, but clearly that’s a massive fight that White and millions of MMA fans want to see. Jones Jr. versus Silva? Sure, but maybe not so much right now.
Oh, and White didn’t mention anything about the recent report that Jones Jr. apparently is interested in transitioning into MMA. That, or even Jones Jr. boxing Silva anytime soon seems like a bit of stretch, but as MMA history shows us, anything can happen.
Hopefully, what does happen, is that Silva realizes soon he wants to rematch Weidman.