Roy Jones Jr. shifted his sights from Anderson Silva after the former UFC middleweight champion suffered a gruesome injury at UFC 168.
Instead of a bout with "The Spider," Jones Jr. wants somebody else—somebody more abrasive, somebody more retired.
...Somebody named Nick Diaz.
The boxing legend talked with MMAjunkie's Ariel Helwani after UFC 168.
"Look, I want to fight this guy (Anderson Silva)," Jones Jr. said. "He wants to box me, I want to box him, (but) he's going to be out. So if I can't box him, I want to box Nick Diaz."
This statement, far-fetched as it may seem, is not totally random.
Diaz called out Jones Jr. in the past, prompting a reply of "Nick who?" from the boxing great.
While this fight probably will not happen, Jones Jr. recently changed his tune regarding Diaz, re-igniting the curiosity surrounding the bout.
In a pure boxing match—which is what both fighters are aiming to set up—I do not see how Diaz can hang with Jones Jr. Diaz's boxing in MMA is great, but Jones Jr., even at his age, would have a distinct advantage inside the ring.
UFC light heavyweight Daniel Cormier agrees with this position, but he takes an interesting angle, saying that he believes Diaz would fare better against Jones Jr. than Silva would have in a potential matchup.
Roy Jones would fight anybody, but with that being said, I truly believe that Nick Diaz, in a pure boxing match, actually stands a slightly better chance than Anderson, because he is a little better boxer than Anderson Silva—just pure boxing...Am I saying Nick Diaz is going to beat Roy Jones Jr., even at 43 years old? Slap me if I do.
Intriguing as this fight sounds, it will probably never happen, just like the past times reports have grumbled about a Roy Jones Jr. boxing match against a mixed martial artist.
For the sake of fun and discussion, though, I want to hear your thoughts. How would Diaz fare against Jones Jr. inside the boxing ring?