“MMA Junkie” is reporting that Roy Jones Jr. will be in attendance for UFC 162 and as a guest of the UFCs’.
The purpose of his presence may have a great deal to do with a potential match-up between himself and middleweight champion, Anderson Silva.
Silva has for a long time (now) let it be known that he’s quite interested in fighting “Superman” and his presence at the fight and at the invitation of Dana White, bodes well for the match to come to fruition. More to the point, as White said, it shows that the parties are “talking”.
As to the UFC presidents own personal feelings on the subject of a Silva / Jones Jr. fight, White stated:
“It makes no sense to me….I don’t know why he (Silva) wants it. It’s like these guys, when they grew up, they had their heroes or whatever their deal is, it’s something they want to do or accomplish. This is something Anderson wants to do.”
If this is the case and White isn’t sold on the match, one has to wonder how it is that he’s come to invite “RJ” to UFC 162. The only logical answer would seem to be, that Silva’s desire for the bout may have become a demand during his (Silva’s) recent contract negotiations.
As Anderson is, by force of victory and record, the most important fighter in the UFC, he may very well have demanded the freedom to fight Superman. Simply put, that White is in talks with RJ because he is required to be and not becuase he wants to.
As Silva stated last week, “from a professional point of view, my goals have already been accomplished. I don’t see any greater challenges in my career.” If this is the case, then perhaps Superman is the challenge “The Spider” seeks for his career. If so and given the unknown details of Silva’s new contract, White’s invitation to RJ might well prove to be a weathervane showing us which way the wind is blowing on this one.