Dec 27, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Anderson Silva on stage during the weigh-in for his UFC Middleweight Title Fight against Chris Weidman (not pictured) at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Anderson Silva targets fight with Roy Jones Jr. before UFC return


It was less than one month ago that former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva suffered a gruesome leg injury in the main event of UFC 168 against champion Chris Weidman.

Silva is already going after his recovery hard and is working to get back inside of the cage, but first he hopes to have the match up against Roy Jones Jr. that he has been dreaming of for quite some time.

“When I get better, that’s my biggest goal, especially because I won’t be able to fight MMA too soon,” Silva said, via MMA Fighting. “Fighting in boxing is in my plans, yes, as soon as I’m able to fight again. And Roy is a big idol.”

Silva’s family has been hopeful that the former middleweight champion will hang up his gloves and walk away from fighting, but fighting is in Silva’s blood and he isn’t ready to give that up just yet.

“I respect and understand their concern, but that’s something that has to come from my heart,” Silva said. “That’s not in my plans. I’m focused in my recovery, but I want to get back as soon as possible. That’s who I am, it’s part of my history.

“I’m 100 percent positive that I will be back, but it’s not only up to me. They are helping my recovery and it is super positive thus far. But I need their feedback to be back at 100 percent. I don’t see myself doing other thing, at least for now. It’s not just fighting, it’s also training.”

The Silva vs. Jones Jr. bout is something that has been discussed for a long time, but it appears that it is closer than ever to happening.

UFC president Dana White had previously said that the fight would happen if Silva won over Weidman, but if Silva continues to push for the bout then it could certainly take place. We will just have to wait and see.

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