After watching Anderson Silva dominate Forrest Griffin at UFC 101: Declaration, former boxing world champion Roy Jones Jr. wants nothing to do with Anderson Silva in an MMA bout. Jones admits to not being well trained in the sport of mixed martial arts, but would still like to face Silva in a boxing ring.
“I’d like to fight him [Anderson Silva], but it would have to be in boxing,” Jones told CBS Sports.
Jones commended Silva on his victory over Griffin, stating that, “Anderson Silva went out and did exactly what a champion should do.”
While both Jones and Silva have both openly stated that they want the fight, UFC President Dana White will not allow it while Silva is under UFC contract.
“I don’t mean to show any disrespect to Roy Jones. But no, I don’t like that fight,” White admitted during the UFC 101 post-fight press conference.
Silva has been wanting a fight with Jones, who is considered by many to be the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world, for years now. He has stated that he will fight Jones once he is free of his contractual obligations with the UFC.
“After my contract with the UFC ends and I end my career in MMA, I intend to have a boxing match with Roy Jones,” Silva stated earlier this year. “That’s something that’s already been arranged, it’s all practically a done deal. Now I just have to wait and see”.