Roy Jones Jr. has been urging for a boxing match with UFC legend Anderson Silva for several years, and both sides have talked about it. While it’s never been close and Dana White not being a huge fan of the idea, Roy Jones Jr. is still interested in facing the former champion.
As a guest on the “Ask Gary Vee” show, he wonders why it hasn’t happened.
“I’m still trying to fight Anderson Silva right now. Me and Anderson Silva have been trying to fight way before Floyd Mayweather and McGregor ever thought about this. We’ve been trying to fight for nine years now, and they would not let him get free to fight me. . . Me and him could have did this a long time ago, and we were at the pinnacle of our careers when we first started talking about it so why they still won’t let us fight right now, I don’t know.”
“Both of us want to fight right now still and the UFC won’t let him free to fight. I’m 48, going on 49 in January, and because of how big it is, and how big of an event it is, and I know what it means to him, I’m still willing to fight Anderson Silva tomorrow if he was free to do it.”
At the moment, Silva is once again facing a long suspension after coming up positive for performance enhancing drugs, which Jones could care less about.
“I don’t care about no PEDs,” Jones said. “He can have all the PEDs he wants because that’s my man. I don’t believe he’d take PEDs against me, no way, but even if he had a PED show up in his system, I don’t care about that.”
Silva took to social media to make it clear that he’s also very interested in facing Jones.
“Ok Roy Jr this is everything I’ve wanted for years, long before all this happened, it will be a pleasure to step into the ring with you,” Silva stated. “I have great respect and admiration for everything you’ve done in boxing and everyone knows that this has always been my great dream. Let’s make this event happen. I think we have this right, in fact this is something that both You and I are willing to do. So. Let’s make it happen, Mr. Roy.”