Anderson Silva, who broke his leg in horrific fashion last month, said that before he returns to MMA, he wants to fight Roy Jones Jr. in a boxing match.
The former UFC middleweight champion, who lost his belt to Chris Weidman, had a chat with his fans on his Facebook page, saying he wants to fight Jones.
“When I get better, that’s my biggest goal, especially because I won’t be able to fight MMA too soon,” Silva said, referring to fighting Jones, according to MMAFighting. “Fighting in boxing is in my plans, yes, as soon as I’m able to fight again. And Roy is a big idol.”
Silva said his family is worried and would rather see him quit fighting, but he stresses that it’s not going to happen.
“I respect and understand their concern, but that’s something that has to come from my heart,” he added. “That’s not in my plans. I’m focused in my recovery, but I want to get back as soon as possible. That’s who I am, it’s part of my history.”
He added: “I’m 100 percent positive that I will be back, but it’s not only up to me. They are helping my recovery and it is super positive thus far. But I need their feedback to be back at 100 percent. I don’t see myself doing other thing, at least for now. It’s not just fighting, it’s also training.”
Last week, Silva made comments saying that he didn’t lose to Weidman, implying that it was a fluke.
“I believe that, if you pay attention to these technical details, you will see that (checking the kick) was instinct, not something that he trained to do. No, I don’t think (Weidman should consider it a win). It was an accident. And I’m pretty sure I would have won the fight,” he said, reported MMA Fighting.
Silva also said that his rehabilitation is coming along.
“I’m improving. I’m not going 100-percent, but I’m already taking little steps with a crutch,” he said, reported Sherdog.. “It’s a pain that I do not wish on anyone. Since I came from Las Vegas, I left the hospital, I can’t sleep all night. It’s very difficult.”
Weidman will face No. 1 middleweight contender Vitor Belfort later this year.