Anderson Silva beats Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in return to ring


The 46-year-old UFC legend shined in the ring on Saturday night in Guadalajara. (Picture by Manuel Velasquez/Getty Images)

Anderson Silva understands how to eliminate, there’s no doubt about that.

The UFC legend, nevertheless, hasn’t boxed in more than 15 years.

That, however, didn’t appear to matter one bit on Saturday night.

Silva beat Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. at Estadio Jalisco in Guadalajara, Mexico, through split choice in an eight-round battle. The bout became part of the Homage to the Kings occasion, which was topped by Julio Cesar Chavez Sr.’s battle with Hector Camacho Jr.

“I feel so happy,” Silva stated after the win in the ring. “I’m very, wow … I need to say thank you because my coaches work a lot and when I started this camp training, I talked to my coach and I said I need to do this because I love fighting and boxing is my dream for many, many years.”

Flashes of the UFC came out in the early rounds on Saturday night, as Silva was cautioned about utilizing his lower arm more while he settled into the various sport. He didn’t think twice to showboat early, either.

By the 4th round, however, he appeared to have actually discovered his rhythm. Silva landed several strong shots and had Chavez Jr. backed into the ropes for the majority of the round while taking control of the bout.

Silva had him back pinned on the ropes once again simply 2 rounds later on, too, while Chavez looked gassed. Chavez’s eye began bleeding considerably by the end of the seventh round, too, as Silva simply travelled through the 8th round with ease.

While the battle returned as a split choice — 77-75, 77-75, 75-77 — Silva still got the win he plainly was worthy of

Chavez Jr. went into Saturday’s battle with a 52-5-1 record, however has actually lost 3 of his last 5 battles. He last entered the ring in November, when he beat Jeyson Minda with a fourth-round TKO. The previous WBC middleweight champ missed out on weight by 2 pounds on Friday and was fined $100,000 — marking a minimum of the 3rd time in his profession that he’s missed out on weight.

Silva went into Saturday’s bout with a 1-1 record in expert boxing, however hadn’t entered the ring because 2005. The 46-year-old was approved his release from the UFC in 2015, and left as one of the very best fighters in the sport’s history. He holds an unbelievable 34-11 record and has the longest winning streak in the UFC at 16.

While it’s uncertain what his battling future holds, Silva plainly isn’t prepared to entirely step far from the sport right now — and is still efficient in holding his own, too.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.