Anderson Silva on His Next Bout: ‘Maybe I Fight Very Soon’

Published 06/20/2021, 1:21 AM EDT


The former UFC middleweight champion, Anderson Silva, put on a show for the fans during his boxing match against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Silva put on an exceptional performance and earned a split decision in his favor to win the contest. This was Silva’s first appearance inside the boxing ring in over 15 years and his third boxing bout.

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After such an impressive showing, the questions have come up about what’s next for ‘The Spider’. Boxing and MMA fans want to see him compete again. Given he looked totally at home against a former world champion like Chavez Jr., it only makes sense the Brazilian gets back at it again.

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He was asked when fans might see him back inside the squared ring again. “Well, now I go back to home. My son have a fight next soon. I go help my son,” said Silva. “I go back to help my team. Maybe I fight very soon,” he further added.

At 46-years-of age, Silva, a neophyte boxer, made a statement by taking on an opponent with loads of experience. Chavez has almost 60 pro-fights under his belt. Despite that, ‘Spider’ Silva made it look easy and his legend grew even bigger after this fight.

Silva is not the first MMA fighter to transition to the sport of boxing. However, one might argue that he put on the best show. As one who has always been known as a crafty striker, ‘The Spider’ showed a new layer to his game tonight.

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What’s potentially next for Anderson Silva?

The trend of celebrity boxing has been an impressive spectacle for the fans. MMA vs Boxing has become a storyline over time. However, this was a different type of fight, with two legends of their craft showing up. With Silva’s performance, one might tip him to take on actual big-name boxers next.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 30: Anderson Silva of Brazil poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at UFC APEX on October 30, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

And as ‘The Spider‘ mentioned, it might not be long before we see him back in action. It remains to be seen who becomes his dance partner for his fourth professional boxing match.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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