Anderson Silva wants his last MMA fight to be in Japan against a former opponent.
Silva’s last MMA fight was in October 2020, where he lost his third consecutive fight before parting ways with the UFC. Since then, ‘The Spider’ has stayed busy by competing in four boxing matches. Despite being 48 years old, the former UFC middleweight champion plans to fight in MMA one more time.
During an interview with Fight Hub TV, Silva had this to say about where he wants his last MMA fight to take place:
“I try to do my last fight in MMA in Japan because I start fighting in Japan. That’s what I try to do, my last fight in Japan, my last MMA fight in Japan.”
‘The Spider’ received a follow-up question about who he wants as an opponent and responded by saying:
“Maybe Hayato Sakurai… I think this is good fight for us. We will see.”
Before joining the UFC, Silva was fighting in Brazil and Japan. In 2001, the Brazilian legend defeated Hayato Sakurai by unanimous decision for the Shooto middleweight championship. Sakurai last fought in an exhibition bout against Takanori Gomi in May 2018. At the end of 2023, ‘Mach’ will be the same age, 48, as ‘The Spider.’
#ThrowbackMMA | Un día como hoy, hace 17 años, Anderson Silva (@SpiderAnderson) obtiene su primer título de peso medio tras vencer a Hayato Sakurai (@s_mach_hayato) en #Shooto: To the Top 7.#MMA #SpiderSilva #ShootoBrasil pic.twitter.com/Bz23ILfZus
— MMA Fusion (@MMA_Fusion) August 26, 2018
Watch Anderson Silva’s interview with Fight Hub TV below:
Anderson Silva plans to compete in another boxing match before retiring
Anderson Silva has found success in his boxing venture. The former UFC middleweight champion secured a shocking split decision win against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. before making a statement with a knockout win against Tito Ortiz. After going to a draw in an exhibition bout, ‘The Spider’ lost against Jake Paul in October 2022.
During the same interview with Fight Hub TV, Silva had this to say when asked about fighting again:
“Let me take my break, man. I’m old man, I’m 48, bro. I need to prepare to training. Of course I train every day, but let’s go see who wins and maybe the guy gives me a chance to fight. We will see… Yeah, absolutely [I still want to box again].”
Regardless of what’s next for Silva, he will go down as a combat sports legend. ‘The Spider’ is set to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame this year and holds the UFC records for longest win streak, longest title reign, and most finishes in a title fight.