Roy Jones Jr., Vitor Belfort Agree to Bout in ONE Championship

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After Vitor Belfort proposed the idea of fighting Roy Jones Jr. following his signing to ONE Championship, it appears the boxing legend has accepted.

Vitor Belfort signed to ONE Championship last week, coming out of retirement to do so. There’s certainly a long ways to go, but it appears he may have his comeback fight. One of the opponents that Belfort proposed when his signing was announced was a fight with multi-time world champion and boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. It appears that he may soon get his wish, with Jones accepting.

Jones showed a willingness on his social media to accept a potential fight with Belfort earlier this week. Following this, Belfort released a video on his Instagram, and thanked Jones for accepting the fight. Belfort said of the fight, “I am very excited for what’s to come with One Championship and this upcoming fight, I’m even more excited to be the first to bring you this new way of competition, it allows for the first time different worlds to collide in a way that’s fair and exciting! Thank you accepting Roy and I am looking forward to this fight!”

Belfort retired following a loss to Lyoto Machida at UFC 224 this past year. However, he’s one of the sports longest tenured fighters, fighting since 1997, and along the way he’s faced the who’s who of MMA. He has big wins over the likes of Randy Couture, Wanderlei Silva, Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold. He’s also faced all-time greats such as Jon Jones, Anderson Silva, and Chael Sonnen along the way.

Jones Jr. on the other hand, has never fought in Mixed Martial Arts. However, he’s considered one of the greatest boxers of all time, having won a world championship at four different weight classes. Jones holds notable victories over former champions, James Toney, Bernard Hopkins, Felix Trinidad, Antonio Tarver, and John Ruiz. Also despite being 50, Jones has still got it. Winning his last four fights in a row, last winning in 2018.

The fight itself hasn’t been announced by ONE Championship as of now, but with Jones and Belfort agreeing, it seems to be a matter of time.


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