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Anderson Silva Signs to Fight Boxer Roy Jones Jr., UFC 101’s Countdown

Posted by Marc Middleton in MMA News
Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

– It has long been rumored that Anderson Silva wants to box Roy Jones Jr. Silva has revealed to Fighters Only Magazine that when his UFC contract is up (he has four fights remaining), he will go on to box Jones Jr. In fact, they have even signed contracts. Here is what Silva had to say…

“It is undoubted that I will face Roy Jones. We have talked too much, have signed some contracts and we want to make it the sooner the better. It’s not for money or spotlight, it’s for my desire. I watch Roy Jones since he competed as an amateur and in the Olympic Games. I’m looking forward to this fight to put in the ring everything I know, to show my students in the future that I understand what I may say over this or that and don’t seem a pirate parrot.”

– UFC’s Countdown to UFC 101 show will debut on Spike TV on August 4th at 11PM ET. There will be replays of the event on August 6th at 2AM ET and again on August 8th at 6PM ET. The show will focus on the main event of BJ Penn vs. Kenny Florian for the UFC Lightweight Title and the co-main event, a non-title bout at 205 between UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva vs. former light-heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin. UFC 101 takes place Aug. 8th at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and features the following card:

MAIN CARD:
* UFC Lightweight Title Bout: B.J. Penn (c) vs. Kenny Florian
* Non-Title Bout: Anderson Silva vs. Forrest Griffin
* Johny Hendricks vs. Amir Sadollah
* Ricardo Almeida vs. Kendall Grove
* Josh Neer vs. Kurt Pellgrino

PRELIMINARY CARD:
* Shane Nelson vs. Aaron Riley
* John Howard vs. Tamdan McCrory
* Thales Leites vs. Alessio Sakara
* Dan Cramer vs. Matthew Riddle
* George Roop vs. George Sotiropoulos
* Jesse Lennox vs. Danillo Villefort

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