It seems fight fans will finally get to see a mixed martial arts (MMA) veteran step into the professional boxing ring, as
Anderson Silva Nick Diaz Chris Lytle is in negotiations to take on Roy Jones Jr. later this year.
During a recent episode of UFC Tonight, Ariel Helwani revealed that "Lights Out" is indeed in talks to take on the world champion. Should it come to fruition, the bout is reportedly set to be a 10-round bout and will be contested at 175 pounds.
For what it's worth, Lytle competed as a welterweight (170 pounds) inside the Octagon.
While most would say it's a clear mismatch, Lylte isn't exactly a noob when it comes to the boxing department. Before making his way to cage fighting, Lytle competed 15 times as a professional pugilist, amassing an impressive 13-1-1 record.
Of course, that pales in comparison to Roy's storied career, which spans 25 years and numerous world titles.
After dropping three in a row, Jones has turned things around by winning three straight, including capturing the WBU Cruiserweight title last December.
Lytle, meanwhile, walked away from MMA after he defeated Dan Hardy back in 2011.
After several failed attempts to make a much-anticipated match pitting former UFC middleweight champion, Anderson Silva, against Jones, it seems Roy wasn't ready to give up on his quest to put his boxing skills up against those of an MMA fighter.
While it's not as high-profile as a bout against "The Spider," it will be interesting to see if Lytle can give Jones a challenge.