Recently, there has been a lot of chatter from both Anderson Silva and Roy Jones Jr. about making a boxing match between the two a reality. However it now appears that the rumored bout will never happen, so long as UFC President Dana White has anything to do with it. News of White prohibiting Silva to compete against Jones Jr. first broke via the printed version of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, which Sam Caplan later elaborated on for us:
“UFC president Dana White confirmed to Dave Meltzer that Anderson Silva will not be permitted to fight Roy Jones Jr. in a boxing match. According to Meltzer, the UFC told Silvaâ€™s camp there is no sense for them to sell the match to the public because they wonâ€™t sign off on it and in the end it will look like Jones is backing out. The report goes on to say that that Silvaâ€™s camp responded that the speculation started due to an off-hand remark made to a reporter. Meltzer goes on to add though that while he was not the reporter who asked the initial question, when talking to Silvaâ€™s camp about a next opponent that Silvaâ€™s camp told him Silva wanted Jones.”
Well I think we all kind of saw this coming. Anderson Silva boxing Roy Jones Jr. would definitely have been a huge spectacle, but there is a laundry list of reasons (mostly from the UFCâ€™s side) which obviously prevent such a bout from happening. Though I would have loved to watch Silva and Jones touch gloves, I think the UFC made the right decision here. If Iâ€™m Dana White, I do not let my golden goose wander too far from the farm, where he could potentially look foolish outside of his own element. Itâ€™s just too risky.