Jones Jr taking tuneup bout for Silva

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 – and

he’s doing it as a tuneup for former UFC middleweight

champion Anderson Silva.

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target="_blank">Jones Jr. told ESPN.com that Silva has

“made it clear” that he wants him if he beats Chris

Weidman at UFC 168 on Dec. 28.

“I’m here for him,” 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,” 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 … I finish this then

it’s the fight with Roy Jones, Jr.,” Silva said in Los

Angeles

href="http://www.graciemag.com/2013/09/after-ufc-168-anderson-silva-hopes-to-finally-box-roy-jones-jr/"

target="_blank">last month at a UFC 168 press tour stop.

“It’s my dream. It’s my personal

dream.”

Here’s hoping it stays just that.