With Anderson Silva out of the picture, Roy Jones Jr. turns his attention to Nick Diaz

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

LAS VEGAS -- Among many other things, the gruesome leg injury sustained by Anderson Silva Saturday night rules out the chance of him boxing Roy Jones Jr. any time soon. However, Jones Jr. is apparently still interested in boxing an MMA star.

The former boxing champion, who attended UFC 168 in Las Vegas Saturday night, told MMAFighting.com that his top choice has always been to box Silva but now that that's off the table, he's very interested in boxing Nick Diaz. Jones Jr. said he told UFC president Dana White about his desire to box Diaz, and White told him he'd think about it. Given Diaz's contract with the UFC, White would obviously have to be on board with the idea for the fight to happen.


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Of course, The 30-year-old Diaz, who walked away from MMA in March following his UFC 158 loss to Georges St-Pierre, recently turned down a rematch against Carlos Condit. He has maintained that he would only return to MMA if he was offered a chance to fight GSP or Silva, but he has also always expressed a desire to try his hand at boxing.

In 2009, both Diaz and Jones Jr. flirted with the idea of fighting each other, but due to contractual obligations the fight never materialized.

The 44-year-old Jones Jr. is still an active boxer, as he most recently won a match in Russia on Dec. 21.

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