June 13, 2024

Anderson Silva set to box Chael Sonnen in Brazil

Anderson Silva will face Chael Sonnen in a boxing match July 15 in Brazil, Spaten Fight Night introduced Sunday on Globo’s Fantastico. The promotion didn’t reveal if it is going to be an expert or exhibition match, nor the burden class and variety of rounds.

The match is being promoted because the “grand finale” of Silva’s fight sports activities profession after 46 MMA bouts and 6 boxing contests between professional and exhibition bouts, nonetheless Silva declined to affirm whether or not or not he’ll retire after the match. Silva’s skilled boxing document stands at 3-2 going into the occasion.

Silva, born in Sao Paulo in April 1975, has by no means fought in his hometown. “The Spider” gained 9 of 11 MMA fights in Brazil, together with UFC wins over Yushin Okami and Stephan Bonnar. He final fought in the nation towards Jared Cannonier at UFC 237 in May 2019, dropping through TKO due to leg kicks.

Sonnen, a three-time UFC title contender at middleweight and light-weight heavyweight, misplaced twice to Silva contained in the octagon. Sonnen first rose to fame by verbally attacking the Brazilian prior to their preliminary conflict after which practically dethroning Silva in an iconic bout. Sonnen misplaced through fifth-round submission in a match that’s being inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame this June. Silva gained the rematch through TKO.

Sonnen finally went 7-7 contained in the UFC and 2-3 below the Bellator banner late in his profession, scoring large MMA wins over Mauricio Rua, Michael Bisping, Quinton Jackson, and Yushin Okami. Sonnen flew to Sao Paulo in 2014 to coach a season of The Ultimate Fighter reverse Wanderlei Silva however by no means had an opportunity to compete in the nation.