It could have been one of the biggest sporting events of the year, but thanks to Dana White it’ll never happen. Anderson Silva’s dream boxing match against Roy Jones Jr. has been deaded, because White “didn’t want to embarrass the UFC”, if Silva got knocked out in the first round. Dana White understandably realized that if Silva stepped into Jones’ realm he would lose badly, much like Jones would lose badly in an MMA cage.
I think this proves that MMA and boxing are NOT competitors, and shouldn’t be viewed as such. On every boxing/MMA website online, you’ll inevitably find fans comparing the two sports and pitting them against each other in some form or fashion.
I’m in the minority that believes that these two sports don’t have to cannibalize each other to achieve success. Boxing can survive on it’s own regardless of MMA, and vice versa. There is no need to pit any UFC fighter against a boxer to prove anything.
With all of that said…. It would have been damned entertaining.