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Dana White Squashes Talk of Silva vs. Jones in the Octagon

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“You won’t see a Silva versus Jones fight while Silva is under contract with me. I could do it, make it huge, make money, but I could have done a fight like this when we were bleeding money [in the early 2000s]. The fight would make some money, but it hurts MMA in the long term. We don’t do that because we love the sport. That’s a Pride or K-1 matchup. It’s not what we do. I don’t want to say anything bad about Roy Jones, I like Roy Jones and was a fan of his, but he mattered like fifteen years ago. He’s not anywhere near the best boxer in the world. He must’ve spent all his money.”

I've always enjoyed watching Roy Jones box and part of me wouldn't mind seeing him follow the lead of fellow boxers like Jeremy Williams, Francois Botha and Imamu Mayfield and try his hand at MMA. But as much fun as it might be to see, I think he'd get straight murdered, under MMA rules, against Silva. What say you? Interesting concept or waste of time sideshow?