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While initially focused on colliding with YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul inside the boxing ring, MMA legend Anderson Silva already has another sporting adventure in the works.
Since leaving the UFC in late 2020 after a nine-fight 1-7-1 streak, Silva has breathed new life into his combat sports career. The Brazilian, who is widely regarded as the greatest middleweight of all time and one of the leading contenders in the global GOAT debate, had appeared somewhat dejected after a fourth-round TKO loss to Uriah Hall.
But after swapping the octagon for the square circle, “The Spider” looked rejuvenated. Silva announced his presence in the sport with a powerful victory over former WBC titleholder Julio César Chávez Jr. Since then, he has knocked out fellow former UFC champion Tito Ortiz and dominated Bruno Machado in a contest of exhibition.
Continuing his time in the ring, Silva is now set for his most notable matchup in the sport to date. On October 29, the 47-year-old will headline a Showtime pay-per-view event opposite online star Paul, who is 5-0 since transitioning to boxing.
But while many expect Silva to have his hands full on fight night in Arizona next month, a clash with the Cleveland native, who is more than 20 years his junior, isn’t the only commitment to its combat sports calendar.
Silva seeks to enter Jiu-Jitsu competition after Paul
During a recent appearance on MMA hour Following the conclusion of a brief media tour ahead of his match with “The Problem Child”, Silva discussed the newfound freedom he has in his career.
And having leveraged that to build a successful tenure between the ropes, the former middleweight king then seeks to conquer the mats.
Silva told host Ariel Helwani that after his fight with Paul he planned to travel to Dubai to train in the gi alongside jiu-jitsu coach Ramon Lemos ahead of a tournament which did not take place. yet been announced.
“I control my whole life, my professional life in combat sports,” Silva said. “I can do anything, and no one can say, ‘No, you can’t do that…you’re too old to do that.’ It makes me happier… Now it’s about the future and my legacy. I continue to do my best in boxing and in different sports as well.
“I think after that fight with Jake, I’m going to Dubai to start training jiu-jitsu with my jiu-jitsu coach, Ramon Lemos, for a tournament. I’m so excited to keep fighting, to keep putting my heart out and training to test myself, my mind, my body,” Silva added. “I can’t talk now because it’s a secret. But yes, I will be fighting with the gi very, very soon. I don’t know (who against).
Although known for his elusive and skillful striking, which helped him register 23 knockouts in professional MMA, Silva is also a 3rd degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He’ll be looking to put it to good use when he hits the mats after the Paul fight.
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