Anderson Silva will be away from Japan when he meets Jake Paul in a boxing match tomorrow night (Saturday October 29, 2022) live on Showtime pay-per-view (PPV) and FITE.TV from inside Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Arizona. However, the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) king still plans to return to the ‘land of the rising sun’ to cap off his illustrious mixed martial arts (MMA) career.
Silva, who turned 47 last April, parted ways with the UFC in November 2020 after compiling one of the most historic MMA careers of all time. Since then, Silva has devoted his time to soft science. That includes boxing wins over former world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and MMA veteran Tito Ortiz. This led Silva to a highly publicized fight with Paul this weekend on PPV.
As Silva plans to continue his boxing career beyond Saturday’s main event, the Brazilian veteran still has his sights set on a possible return to the cage. In fact, “The Spider” hopes to have his last fight in Japan where his legendary MMA career took off.
“You know, my goal is my last MMA fight in Japan because I’m starting my international career in Japan and that’s why I’m trying to do that,” Silva told MMA Junkie. “That’s my plan. My last fight in MMA is in Japan.
Earlier this year, rumors swirled that a massive superfight between Silva and fellow MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko was being discussed for New York, but that’s unlikely given Silva’s plans to return to the Japan. It would be nice to see Silva and Fedor enter the cage opposite each other, but “Spider” doesn’t necessarily care who he fights. He just wants to give back to the Japanese fans.
“I don’t have (an opponent in mind) because I have to give back to Japan everything Japan gave me,” Silva said. “I believe my last MMA fight is to go to Japan for my fans in Japan. Of course my fans around the world, but especially my fans in Japan.
Silva will have his hands full this weekend against Paul, but who would you like to see him fight in his final MMA fight in Japan?
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