Boxing legend Roy Jones Jr brings the curtain down on his long illustrious career next month.
Jones, 49, will face Scott Sigmon in his retirement fight on Feb. 8 in his hometown of Pensacola, Florida. He will be fighting for the vacant WBU cruiserweight title.
Interestingly the card will stream entirely on UFC Fight Pass, the promotion announced today and will feature MMA as well as boxing bouts. Could this be the UFC testing the waters in the boxing world?
Roy Jones Junior hits UFC FIGHT PASS! The legendary boxer competes in his final fight – plus full boxing/MMA supporting card – LIVE on FIGHT PASS, Thurs, Feb 8. pic.twitter.com/vZSlHhWeh0
— UFC FIGHT PASS (@UFCFightPass) January 26, 2018
“Ya’ll musta forgot I always said that my final fight would be in my hometown of Pensacola,” Jones Jr. said in a press release. “I meant it then, and I mean it now. This is where it all began for me, this will be my 75th professional fight, and it will be my last one. I have been friends with (UFC President) Dana White for years and am so excited for UFC Fight Pass to be streaming this event.”
“Roy Jones has had a long and distinguished career,” White said. “We have wanted to work together for a long time and I’m glad that I could bring his final fight to all the fans who have UFC Fight Pass.”
Although this has been announced as Jones Jr’s retirement bout he said recently to TMZ Sports that he was interested in facing Anderson Silva, a match up Silva has asked for numerous times in the past.
“I know he (Silva) wants to do it and I know it’s something I want to do, so for him I would come out and fight, yes,” Jones told TMZ Sports in a recent interview,”
“Yes we have (talked about making the fight happen), and I had a group of guys from Chicago who told me they want to invest and make it happen as well, so all we need Dana to do is let him go, let him free of his contract and we can make it happen”
“I would say ‘Dana, it’s your boy. When you were a nobody, I treated you like you were somebody, so a favour for a favour you know what I’m saying? Let your boy do what he gotta do to get outta here. It’s a perfect situation, a perfect fight, a perfect opportunity—something all the fans want to see.'”
Silva is currently suspended due to a potential failed drug test by USADA.
Could we see future mixed MMA/Boxing shows broadcast through UFC Fight Pass and even a matchup between two legends of their sports with Silva taking on Jones Jr on Fight Pass?