Anderson Silva having fun with post-UFC enterprise to boxing: ‘I am a free man’
GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Anderson Silva is having enjoyable within the newest chapter of his storied fight sports activities profession.
The previous UFC middleweight champion and all-time MMA nice will get excited on the prospect of having the ability to strive his hand in a variety of fight sports activities now that he’s not underneath contract with the UFC. Silva fought his last bout with the Las-Vegas based mostly promotion in October, when he headlined UFC Battle Night time 181 towards Uriah Corridor.
The bout with Corridor ended a 15-year run contained in the octagon spanning 24 fights. The 46-year-old is glad he completed his contract with the UFC, as he’s now capable of dictate his future – one thing fellow MMA star Georges St-Pierre wasn’t capable of do when UFC blocked him from combating Oscar De La Hoya in boxing.
“I put in my coronary heart and I helped put the UFC in a special degree,” Silva instructed MMA Junkie. “After all my period is finished within the UFC, however I simply completed (my contract) as a result of after I got here within the UFC I used to be a free man. After I come out of the UFC, I’m a free man.
“I simply wish to do one thing I like to do. And let me let you know one thing essential, no one can say one thing for you, ‘You possibly can’t do that, you’ll be able to’t try this.’ You are able to do all the things in your life when you’ve got ardour and love. The individuals can’t maintain you. After all, possibly George (St-Pierre) has contract, then he has contract, however that doesn’t make sense. Dana White doesn’t want this.”
Silva is days away from undertaking a long-time dream, which entails him leaping into the game of boxing towards former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.. The 2 meet in the principle occasion of the “Tribute to the Kings” occasion on Saturday in Mexico.
The Brazilian needed to field Roy Jones Jr. years in the past earlier than the current wave of MMA fighters crossing into the boxing world. Silva and Jones Jr. had publicly said curiosity in placing collectively the bout, however the bout by no means materialized.
“I put (it) on the desk many, a few years in the past that chance to indicate the world,” Silva mentioned relating to not getting the chance to field Jones Jr. “I gave the chance for the UFC to alter all the things, however it didn’t occur for the time being and that’s advantageous. I feel now all the things is new and other people wish to see the leisure.”
Silva has his eyes set on his boxing return this Saturday, however past that, “The Spider” has no thought what lies subsequent for his profession. And that’s greater than advantageous with him.
“Every part is feasible,” Silva defined.”Now I’m simply attempting to problem myself. Perhaps I struggle on the identical card my son is combating kickboxing. Perhaps struggle jiu-jitsu – GI or no GI. Perhaps muay-Thai. I’m very excited to go to Thailand, and prepare and struggle in Thailand. I don’t know. Every part is feasible.”