Anderson Silva will not be leaving his gloves in the ring after his bout with Jake Paul.
Anderson Silva has had a long and successful career in mixed martial arts. He has been at the very top of the sport of MMA and holds records in the UFC to this day. Although his MMA career might be behind him, that does not mean that Silva is ready to walk into retirement. The opposite is true, he is now embarking on a whole new career in boxing.
Silva left the UFC back in 2020. A year later he made his boxing debut. During his time in the UFC, Silva was known as one of the best strikers but relied on his kicks quite often. At 45 years old, many were interested to see how his skills would transfer over to the squared circle. It is safe to say fans were impressed. Silva is now 3-1 as a professional boxer and has landed himself a big fight with Jake Paul. There is no doubt that Silva will be receiving a big payday for this bout with Paul, but that does not mean he is ready to walk away afterward. Silva is enjoying his day-to-day life as a professional fighter.
“That’s the good part. The training, cut the weight and come to the gym every day. You know, the guys beat me and kick my ass every day. That’s the funny part, I love it and I feel very happy because I train with the gold Olympic guys in Brazil, the Olympic gold medal, I training with professional fighters. You know, today is a sparring day the guys beating me a lot and then they say oh my god, you know and that’s crazy,” he said to TMZ Sports. “But it’s so I’m so happy, I do my best every day. I’m so lucky because I continue doing something special. Not about prove nothing for anybody it’s just a challenge for myself, training with young kids training with my kids.”
Anderson Silva is not willing to walk away from combat sports just yet
Silva has nothing left to prove in combat sports but is enjoying it far too much to walk away just yet. If he wins against Paul then there is a possibility for an immediate rematch which could fetch him an even greater payday. If this is a one-off then Silva has plenty of other options that he is willing to explore.
“No, no, definitely not,” he said when asked if this was his last fight. “I talked to one of my coach, the jiu-jitsu coach to fight jiu-jitsu, gi, in Dubai, in Abu Dhabi. I talked to my coach Ramon Lemos and maybe that’s the next challenge for me. And I don’t know when I going to stop, I know one day I’m going to stop, but not now. I try to challenge myself every day you know, and especially now my kids start fighting and I help my kids and sometimes they need to do the sparring with my kids it’s crazy because the kids are faster than me. I tried to beat on the kids and kids working hard.”
As long as Silva is having fun and winning he seems content to continue competing. MMA, boxing, BJJ, he can do it all and will still go down as one of the greatest fighters of all time when it is all said and done.