Mixed martial arts (MMA) legend Anderson Silva of Brazil is not giving up on his dream of fighting former world champion Roy Jones Jr. in a boxing match even as he continues to recover from a gruesome injury suffered inside the Octagon.
Silve broke his leg in the second round of his rematch against UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman last December, where he was trying to regain the title that he lost in July.
“It’s good,” Silva told 8 Count News when asked about his leg. “I’m working hard to heal my leg. I think I will about four months, then I’ll be ready to start training again.” [http://8countnews.com/index.php/boxing-news/1099-jones-silva]
Silva said he still wants to continue his MMA career, calling it his life, but was quick to add that fighting Jones Jr. in a boxing match was his dream.
“It’s my dream to fight Roy,” he said. “I have talked to my manager about it, and we will talk to (UFC president) Dana (White) to get it cleared, to make it happen.”
“This is my dream,” he added. “To fight Roy Jones Jr. in a boxing ring would be a dream come true. I have the style, of course, for MMA, but to fight Roy would be a great achievement.”
Silva started training in boxing “a long time ago” and said he loves the sport. He also pointed out that boxing Jones will be perfect for him since he “won’t have to kick.”
“MMA is my life, but again, boxing Roy Jones is my dream,” he said.
Jones is also open to the fight, but UFC's White is far from enthusiastic about it.
In late January, White said in an interview that Silva is still recovering from his leg injury and is a long way off from returning to training, much less to an actual fight.
“Anderson is a long, long way from throwing a punch or a kick or anything,” White said, as quoted by MMA Junkie. “So let’s see how he recovers first before we start talking about fights.”