Rampage Jackson vs. Roy Jones Jr. boxing match in the works for year-end pay-per-view (PPV)

Copyright: Martin McNeil

Crossover alert!

Nothing personal Andy, just business.

Boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. has reportedly agreed to step into the boxing ring against a former mixed martial arts (MMA) champion later this year on pay-per-view (PPV) -- but it isn't ex-middleweight kingpin and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) headliner Anderson Silva.

That honor will instead go to Quinton Jackson.

"Rampage" -- who recently signed a long-term deal with Viacom to compete for Bellator MMA and TNA Impact Wrestling, has been given the green light to pursue other endeavors -- like this one -- assuming they benefit the Viacom bottom line.

Or at least stick it to the UFC in the process.

That's really what this is all about. While an official announcement is not expected until the Bellator 97 broadcast next week on Spike TV, Sherdog.com reports (via MMA Junkie) that the number two MMA promotion could run head-to-head against the upcoming UFC 168 PPV on Dec. 28, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Live by the counter-program, die by the counter-program.

Strapping on the boxing gloves has long been a desire of Jackson, 35, as the former light heavyweight champion once toyed with the idea of crossing over to the "sweet science" to "put butts in seats" and avoid fighting the "cowards" who like to wrestle him to a decision.

Be careful what you wish for.

While Jones is undoubtedly past his prime, he's still light years ahead of most -- if not all -- MMA fighters when it comes to throwing hands. The question now is, how well he can hold up against a younger combatant capable of taking a punch.

Then again, there's always Plan B.

Nothing is official at this time and both parties are still likely ironing out the finer details (like duration, weight limit, etc.), but we'll bring you the final word on this freakshow fantasy fight just as soon as the i's are dotted and the t's are crossed.

Stay tuned.

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