Two men once considered the greatest fighters in their sport may collide in Russia, according to Roy Jones Jr., one half of the combatants.
Jones wants to fight Anderson Silva and apparently wants to do it next year in Russia, Jones told R-Sport.
“I really love Russia,” Jones said. “It all depends where the best offer comes from, but next year I’m supposed to be fighting Anderson Silva and I really hope to have that fight in Russia.”
Jones’ Russian promoter Vlad Hrunov said he has already had offers for the TV rights for a Jones-Silva fight and would fly to Las Vegas on Monday for talks with White, according to R-Sport.
“I’ve got the desire to bring White’s show, the UFC, to Russia,” he said, but suggested that there had been “a certain amount of skepticism” from TV companies as to whether the Jones-Silva bout would actually take place.
Jones was the greatest pound-for-pound fighter on the planet in during his prime. Jones began his career 49-1, with the only loss coming as a result of a disqualification for hitting an opponent late. The first time he was defeated legitimately was when he was knocked out by Antonio Tarver in his 51st professional fight. Over the years he knocked out and outpointed legends. He won titles in every division between middleweight and heavyweight.
Silva, of course, was considered the greatest mixed martial artist on the planet until he was knocked out by Chris Weidman in July. Before that, Silva had won inside the Octagon 16 consecutive times, defeating Chael Sonnen, Vitor Belfort, Dan Henderson and other great fighters in their prime.
Silva must first fight Weidman in a rematch Dec. 28. If he wins UFC President Dana White has given his blessing for the cross-sport battle, although it’s unclear whether it would be a MMA fight, boxing match or some hybrid.