Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Uninterested in Fighting Anderson Silva Under MMA Rules: ‘I Wouldn’t Know What to Do if We Get to the Ground’

Published 04/09/2021, 11:57 PM EDT


Former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr is all set to fight UFC legend, Anderson Silva. The Mexican has had a respectable career spanning 17 years. 

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The two fighters have agreed to a 10-rounds boxing bout on June 19. This will be Silva’s first boxing match since 2005, and many have credited the former UFC champion for making the switch after so many years. However, Chavez Jr. confirmed he would never switch the other way.

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The 52-5-1 boxer spoke at the press conference of their bout and explained why a move to MMA makes no sense. “I don’t think it really translates for a boxer to go to MMA. I would need a lot more time, you know, I wouldn’t know what to do if we get to the ground, you know,” said Chavez Jr. (via a translator)

This comment showed that the former champion has no intention of facing a fighter like ‘The Spider’ under MMA rules. Moreover, it showed his honest take on the possibility of fighting in a cage. 

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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. reveals what would make him switch to MMA

These comments from Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. shut down any possibility of an MMA rematch between these two. However, the former middleweight champion didn’t completely rule out a move to MMA. He explained the scenario under which he would consider it.

“But maybe we could do it in a way where it would be fair for both of us if I do decide to go that route,” said Chavez Jr. Therefore, this proved that the Mexican is aware of the vast difference between the two sports. Furthermore, he all but admitted MMA is harder than boxing.

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LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 06: (R-L) Chris Weidman punches Anderson Silva in their UFC middleweight championship fight during the UFC 162 event inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 6, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Unfortunately for Chavez Jr., there would be no way he could switch to MMA and find a balance for both of them. And given Silva’s incredible success in the sport, it is highly unlikely that we will see Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in an octagon against ‘The Spider’.

What do you make of these comments from Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.? Do you think he should switch to MMA to face Anderson Silva?

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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