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Anderson Silva, Chael Sonnen Battle to Attract Exhibition Boxing Match of UFC Icons

Doric Sam June 16, 2024 Harry How/Getty Images Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen went the distance in the main event of Spaten Fight Night on Saturday in Silva’s birthplace of Sao Paulo, Brazil, with the exhibition finishing in a draw. By most accounts, however, Silva would have likely come out as the winner had it

Anderson Silva, Chael Sonnen Battle to Attract Exhibition Boxing Match of UFC Icons

Doric SamJune 16, 2024

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 12: Chael Sonnen receives a hug from Anderson Silva during a Jake Paul v Anderson Silva press conference at NeueHouse Hollywood on September 12, 2022 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen went the gap in the principle occasion of Spaten Battle Night time on Saturday in Silva’s birthplace of Sao Paulo, Brazil, with the exhibition ending in a draw.

By most accounts, nevertheless, Silva would have seemingly come out because the winner had it been formally scored.

The exhibition boxing match was promoted because the “grand finale” of Silva’s legendary fight sports activities profession which included 46 MMA fights and 6 boxing contests. Nevertheless, he clarified during an appearance on The MMA Hour earlier this week that he was not retiring and it was merely his final battle in Brazil.

It was announced final month that the longtime UFC rivals would face one another in a five-round exhibition match with a catchweight of 216 kilos and 14-ounce gloves. The results of the battle did not rely towards both of their skilled data.

Silva and Sonnen fought twice within the UFC and produced probably the most memorable rivalries within the firm’s historical past. Silva held the middleweight title and was within the midst of a 16-fight win streak when Sonnen first established himself as the highest contender for the belt in 2010. The brash, outspoken Oregon native did not maintain again his trash discuss towards the champion, and he backed it up on the evening of the battle.

For 23 minutes of the UFC 117 most important occasion, Sonnen dominated Silva in a one-sided affair that had many believing they have been about to see the most important upset of all time. Nevertheless, Silva locked in a triangle choke off his again with lower than two minutes remaining within the fifth spherical to retain his belt. The battle is about to be inducted into the UFC Corridor of Fame in the course of the firm’s Worldwide Battle Week later this month.

Silva and Sonnen met once more two years later at UFC 147, and this time the champion left little question, scoring a second-round TKO victory.

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Since retiring from the UFC in 2020, Silva competed in three skilled boxing matches, defeating Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Tito Ortiz in 2021 however shedding to Jake Paul in 2022. Sonnen, a former collegiate wrestler, has by no means boxed professionally.

Saturday’s match was an acceptable finish to their rivalry, and Silva can fortunately experience off after showing to defeat Sonnen but once more.

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