Jones Jr taking tuneup bout for Silva
NOV 01, 2013 6:45p ET
It looks like one of the least anticipated fights in UFC history still might have some life.
Middle-aged boxer Roy Jones Jr. announced this week that he's taking a bout with some guy named Bobby Gunn â and he's doing it as a tuneup for former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
Jones Jr. told ESPN.com that Silva has "made it clearâ that he wants him if he beats Chris Weidman at UFC 168 on Dec. 28.
"I'm here for him,â Jones Jr. said. "That's a fight that intrigues a lot of people, but I can't fight Anderson Silva coming off such a long layoff. So I needed to get a fight first. If it wasn't for Anderson Silva calling me out, I wouldn't be fighting this fight."
Jones Jr., 45, flew to Las Vegas in July to speak with UFC president Dana White about a potential bout with Silva on the same weekend that Weidman upset Silva to win the title. A few days later, the Silva-Weidman rematch was booked and it seemed like the idea of Silva-Jones Jr. would coast off into the sunset never to be heard about it again.
Unfortunately, we're not that lucky.
"I'm motivated to beat Gunn so I can fight Silva, and I need to be ready,â said Jones Jr, the former boxing pound-for-pound king. "But, hey, he might not win the fight with Weidman. But if he does, people are intrigued by a fight between us. He wants to box. I got to let him scratch his itch."
Seemingly the only other person who wants to see this fight happen is Silva. The 38-year-old has said on a number of occasions that a bout (MMA, boxing, whatever) with Jones Jr. intrigues him more than a superfight with Jon Jones or Georges St-Pierre. The Brazilian has been known to troll the media on the regular, but it seems like he's sincere about wanting badly to look across the cage at Jones Jr.
"My focus is my rematch now â¦ I finish this then it's the fight with Roy Jones, Jr.,â Silva said in Los Angeles last month at a UFC 168 press tour stop. "It's my dream. It's my personal dream.â
Here's hoping it stays just that.