Former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva has been dreaming of a boxing match with boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. for quite some time now. Many thought that his UFC 167 loss to Chris Weidman may have hampered that dream from occurring, but recent reports have indicated the potential matchup may be just around the corner.
Here is part of the official report by ESPN:
Jones, who turns 45 in January and has not fought since June 2012, was scheduled to face Bobby Gunn in a 12-round cruiserweight fight on Dec. 18 in Bethlehem, Pa., but that fight is off and Jones will instead head to Moscow to face Zine Eddine Benmakhlouf of France, Jones announced on Tuesday.
Many have called for Jones to retire. He is years past his prime and has suffered four brutal knockout losses in his past seven defeats, but he has ignored those calls. Instead, his main goal is secure a victory against the obscure and untested 36-year-old Eddine Benmakhlouf (17-3-1, 8 KOs), while shaking off the rust of his long layoff in order to be ready for the fight he hopes will be made next — a showdown with UFC star Anderson Silva in a boxing match in the first half of 2014.
“I want to be ready for Anderson Silva in case he beats [Chris] Weidman,” Jones told ESPN.com in October. “Silva has made it clear that if he wins, he wants me next. I’m here for him. That’s a fight that intrigues a lot of people, but I can’t fight Anderson Silva coming off such a long layoff. So I needed to get a fight first. If it wasn’t for Anderson Silva calling me out, I wouldn’t be fighting this fight.”
As for Silva, he’s going to have his hands full on December 28th when he takes on Weidman in their rematch. In their first bout, Weidman upset Silva by knocking him out cold in the second round with a vicious left hook.
Silva has not commented if he will box Jones whether he wins or loses his rematch against Weidman. If he loses, many MMA fans have speculated that the Brazilian legend will consider retirement, but nothing is known for certain.