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It looks like Anderson Silva still has an MMA fight in him, and it could be against one of the greatest heavyweights of all time.
Since parting ways with the UFC, Silva has put together a strong run as a boxer, knocking out Tito Ortiz and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., en route to a marquee bout with YouTube boxer Jake Paul. It was a refreshing resurgence from a former champion who found himself losing 7 of his last 10 fights in the UFC, with the fight against Ortiz even resulting in his first knockout since his fight with Stephan Bonnar, all the way back. in 2012.
Anderson Silva against Fedor Emelianenko in Japan?
Following his split from the UFC in pursuit of boxing glory, many fans expected this to be the end of Anderson Silva as a professional mixed martial artist. However, recent reports have revealed that might not quite be the case after all, with a potential farewell fight not many expected to see.
Talk to Ariel Helwani, Bellator president Scott Coker revealed they contacted Silva about a fight with former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko shortly after the Spider left the UFC, but he was instead interested in boxing. However, with the former champion recently telling Helwani that he wanted another MMA fight in Japan, to end his career where it started, Coker said he could contact the Brazilian.
“We offered (Silva) an MMA fight against Fedor. We haven’t even been serious or talked about numbers or anything like that, but there’s definitely been outreach on our part to see if there was interest,” Coker said. “At that time he was focused on his boxing and wanted to see how far he could go. For me, I would say, look, we can do it in Japan or we could do it in New York, Madison Square Garden or whatever. thing like that.
There is no doubt that a fight between Anderson Silva and Fedor Emelianenko would be huge, especially if it is the last fight for the two men, and if it takes place in Japan, where they each have a deep-rooted history. . That said, Scott Coker makes it clear that the weight difference is a hurdle that would have to be overcome if they were to fight, so time will tell if it works.
Would you be interested in watching Anderson Silva and Fedor Emelianenko throw in at this point?