Saturday’s UFC 168 event drew a number of cageside celebrities at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena, but boxer Roy Jones Jr. apparently was there for both business and pleasure.

With UFC 168 headliner Anderson Silva on the mend following a broken leg in a loss with UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman, Jones has apparently turned his attention to another potential foe for a boxing match: retired UFC fighter Nick Diaz.

The possibility, which reporter Ariel Helwani discussed on UFC 168's post-event show, reportedly wasn’t completely shot down by UFC President Dana White, who said he’d give it some consideration.

Silva and Jones have long discussed their interest in a match, and the 44-year-old Jones, who owns a 57-8 pro boxing record, recently suggested it could finally happen if Silva defeated Weidman at UFC 168. Silva, though, both lost the fight and suffered a broken leg that’s likely to keep him sidelined well into 2014, if not longer.

But would Diaz (26-9 MMA, 7-6 UFC) accept the matchup instead? The former UFC title challenger announced his retirement in March after a title loss to Georges St-Pierre, and according to White, he recently turned down an offer to rematch Carlos Condit in March at UFC 171. He seems quite content in retirement.

However, if Diaz, who’s previously called out his boxing counterparts (including Jones), would accept the bout, UFC heavyweight contender and FOX Sports analyst Daniel Cormier likes his chances, at least compared to Silva’s.

“I truly believe that Nick Diaz, in a pure boxing match, actually stands a slightly better chance than Anderson because he is a little better boxer than Anderson Silva,” said Cormier, who quickly suggested Diaz would still be a significant underdog.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Roy Jones Jr.)

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Video: Tryon Woodley Passes on Stephen Thompson, Wants Nick Diaz at UFC 202

  • 25 days ago
  • 246 views

Newly crowned UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley is out here calling for big money fights. Too bad for No. 1 contender Stephen Thompson because he apparently isn’t one of them. Woodley spoke dir read news >>

Tyron Woodley Calls out Nick Diaz and Georges St-Pierre After UFC 201 Title Win

  • 25 days ago
  • 54 views

After a long climb up the UFC's mountain of 170-pound talent, Tyron Woodley reached the top at UFC 201 by knocking out Robbie Lawler. Now the proud owner of a big gold belt, the newly minted welterwe read news >>

Nick Diaz’s Suspension is Over; Will He Return to the UFC?

  • 23 days ago
  • 89 views

Nick Diaz's 18-month suspension has ended, making him eligible for a return to fighting for the first time since his UFC 183 headlining bout with Anderson Silva. read news >>

Nick Diaz Freed! Who Could, and Who Should, He Face in His Return?

  • 23 days ago
  • 30 views

Ten months ago, one of the most egregious injustices in combat sports history occurred. Nick Diaz, accomplished mixed martial artist, former champion and current UFC contender, was suspended (warning read news >>

Nick Diaz is Willing to Fight Tyron Woodley at UFC 202… For a Price

  • 23 days ago
  • 405 views

If new UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley wants a fight with Nick Diaz, he's ready to dance, but Diaz doesn't come cheap. read news >>

Tyron Woodley: Nick Diaz Makes No Sense; Closer to a Fight with Georges St-Pierre

  • 22 days ago
  • 197 views

Tyron Woodley doesn't care about the top contender. He wants big money fights, and believes he's close to one with Georges St-Pierre. read news >>

On the Nuanced Brilliance of Nick Diaz and His UFC Return

  • 22 days ago
  • 59 views

Nick Diaz is back, and he’s bringing the savviest mind in the fight game with him. With all the excitement surrounding his return, one probably wouldn’t expect to read that sentence before he even ha read news >>

Tyron Woodley Would Choose Georges St-Pierre Over Nick Diaz for First UFC Title Defense

  • 20 days ago
  • 18 views

Newly minted UFC welterweight champ Tyron Woodley says that he would opt for Georges St-Pierre over Nick Diaz for first title defense. Says it could happen. read news >>

Mark Munoz Returns to Manila to Promote UFC Fight Night

  • 20 days ago
  • 0 views

Retired UFC® middleweight contender Mark “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Muñoz will return to the Philippines for UFC FIGHT NIGHT® Manila. Rather than wearing a pair of fight gloves, Muñoz will don a read news >>

There are 75,000 Reasons Nick Diaz Can’t Fight in Nevada Yet

  • 19 days ago
  • 85 views

UFC champ Tyron Woodley has interest in a big money fight with Nick Diaz or Georges St-Pierre. Diaz, however, has some hurdles to clear in Nevada first. read news >>