Boxing vs MMA – Anderson Silva explains the difference


Anderson Silva is set for his third professional boxing fight soon

Silva was released from the UFC several months ago, after he won just one of his last nine fights. However, the 46-year old’s hunger for combat sports hasn’t died one bit.

He is now set for his third professional boxing bout against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on the 19th of June, 2021. The fight will be held in Mexico.

Anderson Silva is a legend in the MMA circuit
Anderson Silva of Brazil reacts after his loss to Uriah Hall in a middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on October 31, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

‘Spider’ made his boxing debut in the year 1998. He didn’t have a memorable debut as he succumbed to a first round corner retirement against fellow Brazilian Osmar Luiz Teixeira.

7 years later he made his return. This time he earned his first professional boxing victory, beating Julio Cesar de Jesus.

Silva then went on a crazy run in MMA, winning 17 consecutive fights from 2006 to 2013.

Now with just a few weeks away for his fight, Silva has been breaking the sweat like never before, in a bid to beat Chavez.

In a recent interview with Helen Yee, Silva explained how the training has been different when compared to MMA training:

“The intensity is different. But, I’m so happy because I learned different skills…the footwork, everything is so nice. I’m so happy.”

Despite turning 46, Silva has been showing keen interest in combat sports, and the fire within him hasn’t died at all.

Anderson Silva has a piece of advice for Chris Weidman

Chris Weidman suffered a nasty broken leg at UFC 261 against Uriah Hall. The All American dropped to the floor after executing a calf kick that saw his right shin snap.

Silva who suffered the same injury, coincidentally against Weidman, had a piece of advice for his old rival.

Speaking to the Schmo, he said:

“Keep straight your focus. Recover your leg. Stay with your real friends, family and do your physiotherapy everyday. It is tough. I remember when I was scared to even kick or jump for three months. But in one year, I recovered and began kicking normally.”

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