So it's been all over the mma websites that supposedly RJJ has stated he would face Anderson Silva in the UFC and Dana has turned it down saying the UFC doesn't do those kind of spectacles.
My belief is that Dana realizes Anderson would stand and trade with RJJ thus opening himself up for a potential knockout. This would hurt the UFC's posterboy at 185, and damage the reputation of the so-called pfp #1 fighter in the world.
I see his dilemma, however, it hasn't been that long since we [fight fans, UFC promotions, Gracie jiu-jitsu guys) were clamoring for a highly recognizable boxer to step into the cage. Not even a year ago Dana was calling for Mayweather to step in against Sherk...now what? The UFC is only willing to accept a fight with a boxer they think they can beat? I have never really cared for Dana's public persona and actions (I've met him and talked to him for a bit and he actually is a pretty good guy in person,) but this shit, coupled with his more recent denunciations of Fedor - the best MMA fighter ever to grace the planet, have left me even more perplexed than his previous intellectual dialogues.
How could we/they not want this fight to happen?! This is what the UFC was originally created to provide, style vs style (and well, a promotion for BJJ.) FUCK YOU DANA!!!!!!!!