Anderson Silva is a UFC GOAT, but another impressive performance in the boxing ring begs the question of how good he could have been had he boxed all the way.
The Brazilian outplayed fellow MMA fighter and compatriot Bruno Machado in Dubai on Saturday night, but he couldn’t get the win as it was an exhibition fight.
The former UFC middleweight champion arguably won every round against Machado and he desperately wanted the late finish, but he couldn’t find it.
Silva had superior movement and picked his shots in the early stages. It was quality over quantity of shots for ‘Spider’ and he looked confident and relaxed in the ring.
The two-minute rounds didn’t help the flow of this fight. Silva had his own rhythm and a lot of it was behind a fairly soft jab, but it kept Machado busy.
Starting in round four, Silva ramped up production and blended his head-to-body work beautifully. His work became much more aggressive in the middle of later rounds and Machado, while in play, had no real answers.
Silva changed positions frequently and was clearly operating on a level far beyond Machado. The legendary UFC star was pushing forward with searing straights and Machado was just playing defense as the fight went on.
Late in round five, Silva dropped Machado after a flurry to the body and an overhand right.
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Machado did enough to avoid the finish, but Silva was clearly disappointed he didn’t get it. Either way, it’s another impressive outing for Silva skill-wise and after a relatively sad end to his glorious MMA career, boxing continues to revitalize his name.
Jake Paul told talkSPORT last month that he would pay attention to the Anderson Silva fight and the 47-year-old is in line to be his next opponent.
Silva, 34-11 in MMA, reigned as UFC middleweight champion for 2,457 days and successfully defended the belt a record 10 times.
He has now competed in boxing three times since stepping away from MMA. He beat former WBC champion Julio Cesar Chavez by split decision in June last year, then needed less than 90 seconds to knock out former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz three months later. late.
His previous flirtations with boxing before that saw a defeat in 1998 and then a knockout in 2005, both in his native Brazil.
Machado is also an MMA fighter and has a professional record of 15-9. He has won six fights in a row, including four for the UAE Warriors promotion. Even he will know he wasn’t the best man against Silva.