MMA legend Anderson Silva may be closing in to fifty, but is still eager to take on new challenges. However, visiting The MMA Hour, “Spider” opened up on when the fans can expect him to retire from martial arts.
“When I’m done, I’m done,” Silva recently told Ariel Helwani. “I just close the door, this is part of my past, thank you, and I’m out. But right now, I’m good. I’m continuing doing something very good, doing sparring with good kids, professional fighters, Olympic champions. The guys have helped me a lot and I’m continuing doing something at the same level as the kids.”
Even though the 47-year-old Brazilian feels good at the moment, he is not sure if he will continue until he is 50.
“I don’t know. I think I’ll do fighting with my grandchildren in the home. I think my last fight will be at 49. 49 is the number.”
Anderson Silva will face Jake Paul next
Since being released from his UFC contract in November 2020, “Spider” has competed as a professional boxer with wins over Julio César Chávez Jr. in June last year and Tito Ortiz in September.
On October 29 he will face undefeated Jake Paul. At a recent press conference, the 47-year-old commented on the bout.
“I came here to do my best. I’m training hard every day, and fighters fight,” Silda said. “You have two fighters inside the ring. Two fighters have 50 percent to win. I have 50 percent and Jake has 50 percent. It doesn’t matter if people say, ‘Oh, it’s not a real fighter or not.’ But when you go inside the ring, you don’t go to stop, you go to kill, you go to die. That’s that’s the point.”