Anderson Silva Was Getting Knocked Out in Fighting’- Daniel Cormier Says Age Is Just a Number

Published 10/30/2021, 1:22 PM EDT
May 19, 2021 —- MMA legend Anderson “The Spider” Silva works out Wednesday in his first-ever Boxing Media Day. Silva shadow boxed, hit the mitts – speed bag – heavy bag and afterwards took questions from the media. Silva will fight outside of the Octagon for the first time since 2006. He will take on Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. in a professional boxing match in Guadalajara, Mexico, live on PPV Saturday, June 19th in an event titled “Tribute to the Kings”. Silva will fight on the same card that sees the legendary Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. take on Hector “Machito” Camacho, Jr. in a special boxing exhibition. Also on the card will be Omar Chavez who will take on Ramon Alvarez in the rubber match of their trilogy. Promoted by Borizteca Boxing and Toscano Promotions, “Tribute to The Kings” will be live on Pay-Per-View and is being produced by Global Sports Streaming. Chavez Jr. vs. Silva – Tribute to the Kings – will be available for live viewing on cable, satellite and digital Pay Per View, starting at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, on for a suggested retail price of only $39.99. Integrated Sports Media and Joe Hand Promotions will distribute throughout North America via DirecTV, iN Demand, Vubiquity, DISH, SaskTel, Rogers, Shaw PPV and via the FITE.TV website and app in the United States, Canada and select markets world-wide. Photo credit : Chris Farina – ChrisFarina.com, chrisfarinaphoto


Anderson Silva is one of the most well-known names in the MMA world. ‘The Spider’ is undoubtedly a UFC legend and has put up some of the best fights that the promotion has ever witnessed. Silva is considered by many to be the best striker that has set foot inside the octagon. And he built a reputation for himself in every promotion in which he competed and fought his way to success.

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Silva made his UFC debut all the way back at Ultimate Fight Night 5 on 28 June 2006 against Chris Leben. His last UFC fight was on the 31st of October, in 2020. That marks 14 years for ‘The Spider’ as a UFC fighter. And Silva still retains the record for the longest title reign in UFC history, as well as the record for the longest victory streak.

Anderson Silva transitioned from MMA to boxing after spending the majority of his life competing in the sport. His first boxing battle after retiring from the UFC was against Julio Cesar De Jesus. He won the fight via knockout. He then went on to defeat Julio César Chávez Jr. and Tito Ortez. Former UFC champion Daniel Cormier recently praised ‘The Spider’ in an interview with MMAFighting on SBN.

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“I mean look at Anderson now, boxing. What in the world is happening. Like, I mean this guy. Anderson was getting knocked out in fighting. but he goes into the boxing ring and he’s beating Julio César Chávez Jr it shows you that if if you’re committed to your craft, age is not supposed to hold you back” said Daniel Cormier.

What’s next for Anderson Silva?

Silva is unlikely to compete again in MMA after announcing his retirement from the sport. Plus, ‘The Spider’ has had considerable success as a fighter during the last three years.

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Anderson Silva might face internet-celebrity-turned-boxer Jake Paul or his sibling, Logan Paul. This is pretty likely, as Jake Paul has been calling out several prominent MMA fighters in an attempt to get them in the ring with him. Logan Paul is rumored to face famous fighter Mike Tyson next year, thus Jake Paul may be a better option. Former UFC fighter Junior Dos Santos also could be a speculative opponent, as he recently hinted at a boxing career.

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Pranit Punjabi

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Pranit Punjabi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. A third-year psychology major, this Khabib Nurmagomedov fan merged his interest in psychology with his deep passion for MMA and was intrigued by this new angle to help him get closer to the action. Pranit aims to look through the violence and chaos, into what makes MMA truly beautiful, the deep and rich psychological aspect of the game.

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