Roy Jones, Jr. vs. TRT Belfort?

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  1. MMAPlaywright

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    Former four-weight boxing world champion Roy Jones Jr. says he would welcome a fight with UFC legend Vitor Belfort.

    Belfort laid down the gauntlet last week when he discussed the possibility of fighting Jones, and the boxer has responded in kind when speaking to TMZ Sports:

    "This is what I do for a living," Jones said. "Y'all must've forgot. That's who I am. I love a battle. I love a challenge. So, if that's what you want, that's what you get. Ain't like you gotta ask me twice."

    He added:

    "I got nothing but the utmost respect for you. You were a helluva MMA fighter. You one of the best of all time. But, when it comes to boxing, this is what I do. I'm the ruler. I'm the king of this thing. Ya understand me?

    "Since Muhammad Ali is not on Earth anymore, I don't think there's nothing ever on this Earth as bad as I am with these hands."

    Belfort called out Jones at an event for the MMA promotion ONE Championship, where he said he wanted to "dirty box" the American:

    Jones, 50, has continued to fight well past his prime. His most recent fight was in February last year in which he extended his record to 66-9 with a win over Scott Sigmon.

    Despite his advancing years, he has lost just once since being knocked out by Denis Lebedev in 2011, a run of 13 fights.

    Jones said he could be ready to fight Belfort in just six weeks: "Well, I would like eight weeks, cause I like to get right. I need two extra weeks just to make sure I can showboat. But, six weeks, I can whip you."

    Belfort would need longer to prepare, though, as MMA reporter Damon Martin noted:

    The 41-year-old Brazilian retired in May last year after losing to Lyoto Machida on home soil, but he has signalled his intent to return to the sport by signing with ONE Championship.

    Belfort has boxed professionally once before, when he knocked out compatriot Josemario Neves in 61 seconds back in 2006.

    He'd be at a sizeable skill disadvantage boxing against the veteran, though, but he's also nine years younger.

    Should the pair ever face off in the ring, much would depend on the format agreed for the fight.
     
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    RIP RJJ
    This ain’t the middleweight division in 1997.
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    Only pictogram beats Trt Vitor.
     
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    this is a great idea! i wanna see the winner take on Chuck Liddell in a knife fight.
     
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    Chuck would still lose by KO somehow
     
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    Roy Jones would time up Vitor in a boxing match. Not even close. In fact, 50 year old Roy would still time up any MMA fighter from any roster in a straight up boxing match.
     
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    Belfort wouldn’t reveal the set of rules that will be in place for the fight, simply saying it will include the best of both worlds. While the particulars are still being figured out, “The Phenom” is confident the history-making bout will have as much impact on combat sports as the infamous “Rumble in the Jungle” showdown between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman when it took place in Kinshasa, Zaire roughly 45 years ago.

    “We are looking to be doing something that’s never been done before. And we will create something new. I am really excited. We are looking to bring this to a country,” Belfort said. “I really believe this fight can be history in the combat sports just like George Foreman and Muhammad Ali when they went to Africa.

    “I believe the settings we are agreeing to fight, and if you can bring this to your country, we are going to make history,” he said. “I am very proud to be able to accomplish this and be one of those guys who has everything in our power to move ahead and do something that has never been done before.”

    Furthermore, Belfort says the mystery fight won’t be a “carnival” or “freak show” like Mayweather vs McGregor.
     
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    not gonna happen IMO
    interesting to think of but these guys are old...plus Roy would need time to Juice up to match
     
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    Roy doesn’t look great these as of late. His timing is long gone and so is his hand speed. Roy has experience and technique but Vitor would have speed and agility. I honestly think Vitor would have a decent chance to win.
     
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    Tales From the Dark Side... When 1997 Roy Jones tried to fight Terror Squad


    View: https://youtu.be/-1KkgwB4Brc?t=23
     
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    Jones/Toney is probably my favorite Jones fight. I watched it live, and it was amazing to see Roy's strategy and anti-boxing on full display against a guy with immaculate defense and Touch of Death power.

     
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