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NBC Sports: Silva, Jones in Talks For Boxing Match

Apparently this make-a-wish of Silva's actually has some legs:

Representatives of UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and boxing great Roy Jones Jr. are actively engaging in talks that would pit the two in a boxing match, has learned.

Alan Hopper, director of public relations for Don King Productions confirmed that talks are ongoing, and characterized them as "preliminary."

"Roy likes the idea and is up for it," Hopper said. "It's being discussed. Roy will only agree if the match takes place under the rules of boxing, and UFC would have to clear Silva's participation."

The bout would be a legitimate match sanctioned by a state athletic commission and not an exhibition, according to Hopper. He added that the two would probably meet at a weight between 170 (Jones' last fight) and 185 (Silva's weight class).

Still, though, hurdles remain:

The fight would still have several hurdles to clear. First, UFC would have to allow Silva to participate. Second, Silva would have to be apply for a boxing license in the state which would host the fight. And finally, the two sides would have to agree on a money split.

I realize this would be a spectacle and success for the parties involved from a monetary standpoint, but I can't help get the feeling that for MMA and Silva's boxing career, this would be downright disastrous. If Silva were to brutally lose within any close proximity of a botched EliteXC show on CBS, how would MMA answer the critics?

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