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 announced Sunday night on Globo’s Fantastico. The promotion did not reveal if it will be an official or exhibition match, neither the weight class and number of rounds.

The match is being promoted as the “grand finale” of Silva’s combat sports career after 46 MMA bouts and six boxing contests, between official and exhibition bouts, but Silva wouldn’t confirm rather or not he will retire after this match. Silva’s professional boxing record stands at 3-2 going into the event.

Silva, born in Sao Paulo in April 1975, never had the chance to fight in his hometown. “The Spider” won nine of 11 MMA fights in Brazil, including UFC wins over Yushin Okami and Stephan Bonnar. He last fought in the country versus Jared Cannonier at UFC 237 in May 2019, losing via TKO due to leg kicks.

Sonnen, a former UFC title contender at middleweight and light heavyweight, lost twice to Silva inside the octagon. Sonnen gained fame by verbally attacking the Brazilian prior to their first clash and coming close to dethroning Silva in what would be an epic upset. Sonnen lost via fifth-round submission and years later saw the match be inducted to the UFC Hall of Fame. Silva won the rematch via TKO.

Sonnen, who went 7-7 inside the octagon and 2-3 under the Bellator banner late in his career, scoring big MMA wins over the likes of Mauricio Rua, Michael Bisping, Quinton Jackson and Yushin Okami. Sonnen flew to Sao Paulo in 2014 to coach a season of The Ultimate Fighter opposite Wanderlei Silva but never had the chance to fight in the country.

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