“I think MMA for me is done”: Anderson Silva hints that his time in competitive sport may be over

As much as we may hate to see it, but it appears like Anderson Silva’s illustrious MMA career might soon come to an end.

In a recent interview, Silva revealed that he might be done with MMA for good. He admitted that it is not easy for him to train and compete at such a high level. However, he will continue to enjoy the art of fighting by participating in different combat sports.

He said, “I think MMA for me is done, you know. Because it’s hard to train in MMA. It’s hard to stay in training at a good level. Because you hurt yourself a lot. Now I just need to enjoy. I don’t need to prove nothing for anybody.

“I just try to enjoy every single moment I fight in different sports, and that’s it.”

Anderson has been widely acclaimed as the best middleweight in the history of MMA. He has previously bagged the title of UFC middleweight champion. Silva holds the record for the longest UFC winning streak (16), longest title reign (2457 days) and most finishes in title fights (9) by any fighter.

Fight against Julio Cesar Chavez lined up

The latter stages of his career were severely affected by a leg injury caused during a bout with Chris Weidman. Silva last competed against Uriah Hall in October 2020 where he was defeated via TKO in the fourth round.

Following the fight, Silva was granted his request and released from UFC to pursue his fighting career with other organisations.

Anderson will compete against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in a boxing match on July 19. He had previously competed in the regional circuit earlier in his career and holds a 1-1 record in the sport.

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