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It looks like Anderson Silva hasn’t completely shut the door on his return to MMA, and he’s even considered the location of his last fight.
The 47-year-old is currently scheduled to take on YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul on October 29 in Glendale, Arizona. Although his post-UFC boxing career has been going well so far, there’s no doubt that fans would be interested in the former UFC middleweight champion’s return to MMA.
Silva recently appeared on MMA hour to discuss his next fight with Paul, but host Ariel Helwani had to ask the UFC legend if he considered his MMA career officially over. ‘The Spider’ not only kept the door open for a return to MMA, but also revealed that he considered making one last fight in Japan even as his UFC tenure ended.
“You know, when I was doing my last fight in the UFC, I talked to Japan about doing my last fight there,” Silva replied. “It just makes sense because I started my professional career in Japan. My first belt, I (won) in Japan, Shooto. Yeah, maybe I’m fighting in Japan my last fight to prove my respect for the people in Japan, and for my fans in Japan too. We’ll see. I don’t know, we’ll see.
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Although Silva’s response was far from guaranteeing that he would return to MMA, the mere thought of one of the sport’s true legends returning will be enough to get fans talking.
As exciting as the prospect is, some fans would probably be quick to point out how Silva left MMA. After losing his title to Chris Weidman at UFC 162 and breaking his leg in the immediate rematch, ‘The Spider’ picked up just one win in 2017 and ended his UFC stint with 3 straight losses. before moving on to boxing.
Although Silva had some boxing experience before the UFC, it had been over 15 years since he entered the ring when he faced Julio César Chávez Jr. in 2021. The Brazilian caused a major upset with his split decision victory, and later that year. he dispatched former UFC champion Tito Ortiz by knockout in the first round.
Silva will be the third UFC veteran Paul has faced after the 25-year-old beat Ben Askren and Tyron Woodley (twice). After those disappointing performances, many MMA fans are hoping Silva’s size and startling expertise will be enough for the 47-year-old to win on October 29.
How would you react to Silva’s return to MMA for one last fight in Japan?