Although former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva is currently sidelined, as he continues to recover from the broken leg he suffered at UFC 168, it appears that boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. is still interested in a boxing match against him.
Jones Jr. spoke with MxiFight.ru, where he expressed his continued desire to face Silva, but compared the UFC to M-1 Global with regards to their inability to make up their minds on a particular fight. He also stated that while Silva is still interested in the fight, the UFC has yet to make up their minds.
"It was an actual plan." Jones told MixFight.ru. "The UFC, which is like M-1, are having second thoughts. They're not really making up their mind, whether they want to let him, or not let him. Because he [Silva] wants to box. I want to. It's just a matter of the organization giving him the freedom to do it."
Silva recently spoke out in an interview with UFC Fight Pass, where he stated that he only needs a "couple more months" before he is ready to train for a fight. He also mentioned that while it was his "dream" to box RJJ, it will likely have to wait as "Dana spoke his mind" regarding the matter.
"I've always wanted to box Roy Jones Jr. It's a dream I want to make a reality but Dana spoke his mind, Lorenzo as well. I understand. This is a business. But it's a dream; a personal desire that I had, but for now it will have to wait. "
Jones, 45, holds a 57-8 record since his pro debut in 1989. He won the vacant WBU Cruiserweight title last December with a unanimous decision victory over Zine Eddine Benmakhlouf.