Anderson Silva has made more money against Julio Cesar Chaves Jr than the last three UFC fights combined

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Anderson Silva, UFC Vegas 12 weigh-in Credit: Gabriel Gonzalez/Cageside Press

UFC legend Anderson Silva earned more money as a boxer for his match with Julio Cesar Chaves Jr. than in his last three UFC fights. Combined.

‘The Spider’ revealed the news to SportsNaut in a recent interview, where he blamed his former bosses for bashing him as he entered the twilight of his career.

“In my fight in Mexico [against Julio Cesar Chaves Jr. in June 2021], I’ve made more money than my last three fights in MMA,” Silva told the site. “I don’t like to talk bad, and people say, ‘Oh, now you’re out of the UFC and you talk bad about [them].'”

“It was good for me sometimes and it was good for the UFC too. It’s done it’s over. But it’s important that I say that, everything that I say about the situation because it’s is what happened to me.

These days, the former middleweight legend is busy promoting a new movie, Lord of the Streets, where he appears alongside fellow ex-UFC star Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. But it wasn’t too long ago that Silva, who successfully defended the UFC middleweight championship ten times, was finishing his career in the octagon.

After breaking his leg in 2013 against Chris Weidman, Silva’s last run with the company was less successful, of course. Other than a near finish against Michael Bisping in a fight he would later lose, and a decision win over Nick Diaz later vacated in a No Contest, Silva’s only victory would come against Derek Brunson in 2017.

Still, hearing UFC brass including Dana White fire him clearly bothered one of the most graceful fighters to compete for the promotion.

“When I was done in the UFC, everyone – especially Dana White – said, ‘Oh, Anderson can’t fight anymore. Person of the same age [group] with Anderson can fight, it’s terrible,” and blah, blah, blah,” Silva said. White and co were “talking a lot of shit about me,” he added, “and I feel disrespected because no matter what happened – the fight is the fight. You can win, you can lose.

“When you succeed [MMA]the only thing you need to do for your fighters is [give] respect. In this, I feel no respect. But I don’t care because when I stop fighting I will stop fighting because I say I’m going to stop it,” he continued. “No one can say for me that I [should] stop. No one can say for [anybody] you have to stop now. Nobody. I’ll stop when I say I’m done.

While Silva is done with mixed martial arts, he is expected to continue competing in boxing. He currently has a fight lined up with fellow MMA veteran Bruno Machado on May 14.


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