After recently being shut down by the UFC in his attempt to fight middleweight champion Anderson Silva in a mixed martial arts contest, multiple weight class boxing champion Roy Jones Jr. has not given up his goal to compete in MMA completely.
Showtime Senior Vice President Ken Hershman and Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker confirmed the boxer’s interest in a possible match-up with Nick Diaz in a recent Strikeforce conference call.
Jones name was drawn into the fray of mixed martial arts after Anderson Silva openly expressed his desire to face off with the pugilist in a boxing match. The UFC made it clear that the bout would never take place while Silva was under contract with the organization. Jones recently displayed interest in fighting the UFC champion in an MMA rules match, but was once again told that the match-up would not be taking place inside of the octagon.
After Nick Diaz trounced Frank Shamrock on April 11, he used some of his spotlight to make his desire to give Jones the opportunity he has been looking for by hooking up with him in the near future.
Any possibility of the bout actually coming to fruition is in the very early stages at this point but there is communication between all interested parties under way at this time.
It doesn’t seem that someone with the extensive combat background that Jones does should be falling under such an enormous level of scrutiny because of his desire to compete in mixed martial arts after Brock Lesnar was signed to the UFC after competing in one “freak match-up” in his professional career and has gone on to become the organizations heavyweight champion. I could see some being opposed to the caliber of fighter that Jones wishes to debut against, but it should be viewed as a positive that a boxer as well known, and skilled as the former Olympian is interested in trying his hand at the sport.