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Roy Jones Jr. Denied by Strikeforce

Written by Tom Ngo
May 7th, 2009
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After UFC president Dana White turned down Roy Jones Jr.’s offer to be a mixed martial artist for his organization, it appears that Strikeforce has also nixed that option from their list of possibilities as well.

“I get a Roy Jones call once a week pitching me things,” Showtime Senior Vice President Ken Hershman said. “[A fight between Diaz and Jones Jr.] would be a very long shot of ever happening.”

RJJ’s name has come up on multiple occasions to box opposite an MMA fighter, however this time, Jones appears willing to go full bore under mixed martial arts rules.

Unfortunately for the washed-up boxer, Showtime ain’t biting.

“It has nothing to do with money,” Hershman said. “I think it’s an insult to the integrity of mixed martial arts to think Roy Jones, or any professional boxer, could just come in and fight Nick Diaz in a mixed martial arts context. In a boxing context, it’s completely different.”

After his victory over Frank Shamrock last month, Diaz called out the boxing icon and challenged him to a brawl. However, Strikeforece CEO Scott Coker is questioning Jones’ motives for pursuing a career change.

“I’ve had several calls from different people saying, ‘Roy Jones vs. Nick Diaz, Roy Jones vs. Cung Le, Roy Jones vs. this guy or that guy, but it’s something that we haven’t really talked about,” Coker said. “I really don’t even know how serious it is. But the question is, ‘Does he want to fight in MMA? Does he want to fight in just boxing?’ These are all things that haven’t been fleshed out.”

However Coker, a true boxing enthusiast, claims that he wouldn’t be completely against having Jones fight under his banner, but he would never allow it to become a circus-type of event (i.e. Kimbo Slice).

“I did get a call from Nick’s manager asking me if I’d be interested in looking at a fight between Roy Jones and Nick. I said, ‘Are you talking about boxing? Are you talking about MMA?’ He says, ‘In MMA.’ I said, ‘Well, that’s something we can definitely have a conversation about. That just happened this morning. That’s the extent of it.”

Although, Coker added in closing that, “I wouldn’t want to go down that path right now.”

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