Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) titleholder, Vitor Belfort, walked away from the world’s largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion after getting knocked out by Lyoto Machida at UFC 224 back in May 2018.
There was some talk of “The Phenom” hooking up with Scott Coker and Co. over at Bellator MMA, since UFC refused to create a “Legends League,” but the 41 year-old Brazilian instead signed with ONE Championship in Singapore.
Where he inexplicably called for a mixed-rules bout against Roy Jones Jr.
“I love a challenge. So, if that’s what you want, that’s what you get. Ain’t like you gotta ask me twice,” Jones told TMZ Sports (via Boxing Scene). “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. 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. 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.”
Somewhere in California, a “Spider” weeps.
Jones Jr. is widely-considered to be one of the greatest boxers of all time, winning titles in four different weight classes, along with a silver medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics. But, like many pugilists, the three-time ESPY winner has been unable to call it quits.
Even at age 50.
That said, Jones Jr. is currently riding a four-fight win streak and is 12-1 dating back to 2011. I’m sure it helps to be fighting bums, but I would not expect an MMA fighter like Belfort to be much of a threat on the feet.
Dirty boxing, however...