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Silva still targeting dream Jones Jr bout

ESPN staff
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Unbeaten UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has revealed he would still be interested in boxing former pound-for-pound king Roy Jones Jr.

Earlier in June, Silva, who fights out his eleventh title defence against Chris Weidman at UFC 162 in Las Vegas, admitted he still possessed the desire to swap the Octagon for the ring in a bid to fight the 44-year-old Floridian.

However, the Brazilian committed to a ten-fight deal with the UFC at the end of 2012, and with Jones Jr losing three of his last five fights, time could well be against the 38-year-old MMA legend if he is to set up his dream bout.

"Of course I want to fight [Jones]. Maybe after this fight against Weidman, regardless of the outcome, I would love to fight him," Silva told Sherdog.

"He's already said that he would fight me, also, so that is something I would really like to have happen."

"I have a lot of other things I want to do, and one of those is fighting Roy Jones, but we're just going to have to see how things work out in the next few fights and how I feel."

Silva has boxed twice as professional, first losing to Osmar Luiz Teixeira in 1998 before returning to the canvas in 2005 to defeat Julio Cesar De Jesus by second round knockout.

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