Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has a tough challenge ahead on Dec. 28, when he faces champ Chris Weidman in a highly anticipated rematch that will serve as the main event of UFC 168.
If Silva gets past Weidman and reclaims the belt, UFC president Dana White has said that he would consider matching Silva up against Roy Jones Jr., which has long been Silva’s dream.
In a recent interview in Russia, Jones Jr. discussed the potential bout and said that he would like to bring the UFC to Russia for the first time with the fight.
After outpointing obscure French-Algerian fighter Zine Eddine Benmakhlouf in a boxing match in Moscow on Saturday, Jones said he wanted to bring the UFC to Russia for the first time when he debuts in MMA.
“I really love Russia,” Jones said. “It all depends where the best offer comes from, but next year I’m supposed to be fighting Anderson Silva and I really hope to have that fight in Russia.”
Jones’ Russian promoter Vlad Hrunov said he has already had offers for the TV rights for a Jones-Silva fight and would fly to Las Vegas on Monday for talks with White.
“I’ve got the desire to bring White’s show, the UFC, to Russia,” said Hrunov, but suggested that there had been “a certain amount of skepticism” from TV companies as to whether the Jones-Silva bout would actually take place.
Of course, first Silva will need to get past Weidman, which will be no easy task.
If he does, then the talks about a Silva vs. Jones Jr. bout could begin to become more serious.
The problem for Jones Jr., however, is that a bout in Russia would be highly unlikely.
Silva vs. Jones Jr. could be a big draw and Dana White would benefit from keeping the fight stateside. The best location for the bout would be in the fight capital of the world — Las Vegas.