Anderson Silva wants Roy Jones boxing match before MMA return

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Spor

Anderson Silva says he won't be ready to fight in the octagon for a while, so he'd like to face Roy Jones Jr. in a boxing match before his return to MMA.

Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva obviously won't be returning to the UFC any time soon after his grisly leg break at UFC 168. But the legend told fans in a Facebook chat that he will definitely be coming back at some point. He would just like to get a little bit of business in first - namely, the oft-rumored boxing match with Roy Jones (via Guilherme Cruz of MMA Fighting):

"When I get better, that’s my biggest goal, especially because I won’t be able to fight MMA too soon," Silva said when asked if he still wants to fight Jones. "Fighting in boxing is in my plans, yes, as soon as I’m able to fight again. And Roy is a big idol."

He also stated that his family wants him to retire, but there's no way he's going to do that:

"I respect and understand their concern, but that’s something that has to come from my heart," he said. "That’s not in my plans. I’m focused in my recovery, but I want to get back as soon as possible. That’s who I am, it’s part of my history.

"I’m 100 percent positive that I will be back, but it’s not only up to me. They are helping my recovery and it is super positive thus far. But I need their feedback to be back at 100 percent. I don’t see myself doing other thing, at least for now. It’s not just fighting, it’s also training."

In addition to that, Silva stated that he's still interested in being an actor and that he wants to work in Hollywood. Silva continues to work on his rehab, and I'm sure we'll be hearing a lot more in regards to the future UFC Hall of Famer over the next few months.

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