anderson-silva-35.jpgLAS VEGAS – Anderson Silva hasn’t been shy about saying he’s interested in a fight against boxer Roy Jones Jr. And the buzz around that potential may reach a fever pitch this weekend.

UFC President Dana White on Thursday told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) Jones will be the UFC’s guest on Saturday at UFC 162 in Las Vegas – and that the two are “talking.”

White didn’t elaborate on just what “talking” entails. Could that mean an MMA bout between Silva and Jones? Or, perhaps less likely, a special boxing match between the two? The specifics are up in the air. But that White admitted he’s talking to the boxer is a step in the right direction.

White in 2009 said no to the possibility of the matchup happening when Jones first brought it to the table. But four years later, things may have changed.

Roy Jones Jr. is coming to the fight,” White on Thursday told MMAjunkie.com. “Roy and I are talking.”

But White does admit he’s unsure why Silva wants the meeting to happen.

“It makes no sense to me. It makes no sense to me,” he said. “I don’t know why (Silva wants it). It’s like these guys, when they grew up, they had their heroes or whatever their deal is, it’s something they want to do or accomplish. This is something Anderson wants to do.”

Silva (33-4 MMA, 16-0 UFC) on Saturday fights Chris Weidman (9-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) to defend his middleweight title at UFC 162, which takes place at MGM Grand Garden Arena. A Silva win could set up some kind of superfight, be it one against light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, should Jones successfully defend his title against Alexander Gustafsson in September. Or now, perhaps Roy Jones Jr.

Jones Jr. (56-8), 44, hasn’t boxed in a year. He started his career 34-0 and went on to win many titles in many weight classes.

“From a professional point of view, my goals have already been accomplished,” Silva told MMAjunkie.com on Wednesday. “I don’t see any greater challenges in my career. I simply seek to be a better human being every day. I try to set a good example to those around me. That’s what’s most important to me. A fight with Jon Jones, with St-Pierre or even with Weidman won’t change anything. The past has been written already.

“I believe a fight against Roy Jones Jr. would be much better.”

For more on UFC 162, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Amanda Nunes challenges Miesha Tate for women's bantamweight title at UFC 200

  • 27 days ago
  • 4 views

Dana White said we might get a women’s title fight at UFC 200, and now we have one. Miesha Tate will defend her bantamweight title for the first time when she meets Amanda Nunes. Filed under: Feature read news >>

Former champ Georges St-Pierre 'on good terms' with UFC, talking about comeback fight

  • 22 days ago
  • 43 views

Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre could be on his way back to the octagon. Filed under: Featured, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

RFA 37 Results and Highlights: Leandro Higo and Devin Clark Take the Gold

  • 18 days ago
  • 63 views

With UFC President Dana White in attendance, Resurrection Fighting Alliance put on one of its most exciting shows ever as RFA 37 delivered six stunning finishes. read news >>

RFA 37 highlights: It was 'insanity – the whole night,' and here's why (clue: Dana White)

  • 18 days ago
  • 778 views

Friday’s RFA 37 event produced a night of knockouts and submissions. It was also an unofficial tryout for UFC contracts thanks to one special guest.Filed under: AXS TV Fights, Featured Videos, News, read news >>

Dana White on Glover Teixeira's callout of Anthony Johnson: 'I like that fight'

  • 17 days ago
  • 6 views

Glover Teixeira called out Anthony Johnson following his knockout of Rashad Evans at UFC on FOX 19. It appears he might get his wish.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

UFC on FOX 19 Video: Dana White Backstage Interview

  • 17 days ago
  • 29 views

UFC president Dana White talks about the UFC on FOX 19 main event and co-main event bouts shortly after they happened backstage at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla. on Saturday. read news >>

Dana White: ‘I Think Rashad Evans is Probably Going to Retire’

  • 16 days ago
  • 77 views

Former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans faces some tough questions looking ahead after suffering his second consecutive loss on Saturday. read news >>

Dana White says Rose Namajunas needs another 'fight or 2' before next title shot

  • 16 days ago
  • 18 views

Pump the brakes on rushing to declare Rose Namajunas as No. 1 contender in the UFC strawweight division following her victory over Tecia Torres this past Saturday at UFC on FOX 19.Filed under: News, read news >>

Dana White Comments on Ronda Rousey's Comeback Fight, Holly Holm

  • 16 days ago
  • 39 views

UFC President Dana White confirmed Sunday that Ronda Rousey will have a chance to win back the UFC women's bantamweight title when she steps into the Octagon again. White discussed Rousey's immediate read news >>

Dana White Guarantees Ronda Rousey ‘Will Fight Whoever Has the Belt’ in UFC Return

  • 16 days ago
  • 13 views

We don't know when or where Ronda Rousey will make her UFC return, but Dana White guarantees she'll get a title shot when she does. read news >>