According to Russian promoter Vlad Hrunov former multi weight world Champion Roy Jones Jr is to seek Russian citizenship. Hrunov also revealed that Jones Jr hopes to face UFC legend Anderson Silva.
“I’m dealing with the citizenship issue for Roy Jones,” Hrunov told R Sport on Monday. “We’ve decided to buy real estate in a town where my parents live, in the Krasnodar region. I think a very famous resident will appear in Beloretchensk in the very near future.”
Five years of residency is required to qualify for a Russian passport, but exceptions have been made in the past.
Hrunov also said that he would meet Ultimate UFC head Dana White in the near future to discuss the possibility of Jones fighting Silva.
Silva is challenging Chris Weidman for the UFC middleweight title on Saturday .
“My trip may be moved because there is the opinion that Silva doesn’t have a good chance in this fight,” said Hrunov. “If he wins, then we’ll discuss the organization of his fight against Roy Jones in Russia, or in Kazakhstan where we also have a sweet offer.”
December 23, 2013