Dana White to Consider Anderson Silva vs. Roy Jones

Dustin FilloyFeatured ColumnistDecember 9, 2013

Jul 6, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA;  Anderson Silva during the post fight press conference at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Chris Weidman defeated Silva for the Middleweight Chamionship in a TKO in the second round. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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Evidently Anderson Silva and Roy Jones Jr. aren't the only two men who believe they'll clash in a boxing match in the near future.

On the Dec. 4 episode of FOX Sports Live, UFC president Dana White admitted that he felt obligated to endorse a boxing match between the 38-year-old Silva and the soon-to-be 45-year-old Jones.

These two drive me crazy. They drive me crazy. First of all, Roy Jones Jr. is a longtime friend of mine. When I was a 19-year-old kid in the boxing business, Roy Jones was very good to me. So I’m in this position where I feel like Roy wants to fight him, he wants to fight RoyI feel like I’m in this position to try to make both of these guys happy. But it drives me crazy. I would love Roy Jones Jr. to focus on his next opponent and Anderson to focus on his. We’ll talk about all this stuff. I know Roy’s coming to the fight. ... We’ll see what happens. 

The idea of a scrap between the two men seemed unlikely when Silva suffered his first KO loss and relinquished the middleweight strap he'd held since 2006 to Chris Weidman at UFC 162 in July. 

But Jones brought the idea of a fight with Silva back to light by telling John Dennen of Boxing News that he still plans to pursue a bout with "The Spider," but only if he bests Weidman in their rematch at UFC 168.

LAS VEGAS - APRIL 03:  Roy Jones Jr. walks to his corner after his light heavyweight bout againt Bernard Hopkins at the Mandalay Bay Events Center April 3, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hopkins won by unanimous decision.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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"So if he beats Weidman, I’ve got to be ready for it because he’s going to be coming for me and I want to be ready when he comes for me. I want to give him what he wants. ... He said that's his lifelong dream. We've got to make that happen. He's a great striker and a great defender."

White seemed more rational at the end of his above statement, saying, "I would love Roy Jones Jr. to focus on his next opponent and Anderson to focus on his."

It's obvious that neither Silva nor Jones stand anything to gain by pondering a fight with one another at this point. 

After all, Silva has arguably the most significant fight of his career on the horizon with Weidman, and Jones has a WBU Cruiserweight title bout slated with Zine Eddine Benmakhlouf on Dec. 21.