“Bruce Lee Changed My Life Completely”- Anderson Silva Says Bruce Lee’s Techniques Helped Him Open His Mind

Published 09/13/2021, 2:58 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 claims his guru, Bruce Lee’s technique, helped him open his mind. The Brazilian fighter thinks people need to respect great fighters like Bruce Lee.

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The former UFC legend was a prominent name in the promotion. After his illustrious UFC career, ‘The Spider’ has turned his attention towards boxing. However, the 46-year-old believes that it is Bruce Lee who inspired him and changed his life.

In a recent interview, Silva said, “I respect a lot, guru Bruce Lee. And Bruce changed completely my life when I was young for now and I continue to respect him. I trained in Wing Chun for many, many years, and helped me to win my fights. And I’m so happy to be here. I don’t like to disrespect nobody especially the legends. And Bruce is a part of my life, and I respect him a lot. And I think this is a big mistake to disrespect the legend and the guru Bruce.”

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He added, “I think people need to respect everybody’s lives and in the fight. The world grows up to see these guys, you know. Bruce Lee, Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, and the other fighters. And I mean, I’m growing up and learn martial arts and Bruce Lee. Everybody watching Bruce Lee, everybody grows up and sees Bruce Lee and says oh my god one day I’m gonna do the same. And in my side, I continue to learn every single martial art and every single discipline because it helped me to think my mind open for the world and it’s no different when I training in Wing Chun, when I training Filipino boxing, when I training Chinese boxing and for me I am happy and I respect.”

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Anderson Silva and His Boxing Career

‘The Spider’ is one of the greatest UFC fighters to enter the octagon. He has an impressive professional fighting resume under his name. Furthermore, the 34-11 record holder is a skilled finisher with 22 knockout wins under his name.

However, the former UFC champion turned his attention towards boxing after dominating the MMA world and is doing well so far. Silva lost his first-ever boxing match in 1998 against Osmar Luiz Teixeira.

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After a 16-year hiatus from boxing, he returned in June 2021 and won a split decision over Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.

Recently, ‘The Spider’ knocked out former UFC champion Tito Ortiz in the first round of their eight-round bout. This was Silva’s fourth career boxing match and his second of 2021. The Brazilian fighter is now 3-1 in his boxing career.

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Who do you think Anderson Silva will face in his next boxing match? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Afnan Chougle

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Afnan Chougle is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Besides writing, this Media graduate is an integral part of the digital web stories team for combat sports. Before joining EssentiallySports, Afnan gained valuable experience as an intern at Jiostudios Production House.

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