Anderson Silva is making the most of his newfound status as a free agent by pursuing opportunities that were off limits to him during his time under contract with the UFC.
First up is a boxing bout between 47-year-old Silva and 5-0 YouTube boxing star Jake Paul, with Silva hoping to build on his recent wins against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Tito Ortiz.
Then, the future UFC Hall of Famer has his sights set on the United Arab Emirates, with the intention of traveling to Dubai with his jiu-jitsu mentor Ramon Lemos for an as-yet-unannounced BJJ event.
“I’m in control of my whole life, my professional life inside combat sports,” Silva said.
“I can do anything, and nobody can say, ‘No, you can’t do that… you’re too old to do that.’ This makes me more happy… Now, it’s about future and my legacy. I continue doing my best in boxing, and in different sports, too.”
“I think after this fight with Jake, I go to Dubai to start training jiu-jitsu with my jiu-jitsu coach, Ramon Lemos, for a tournament. I am so excited to continue fighting, to continue putting my heart and training to test myself, my mind, my body,” Silva added. “I can’t talk now because it’s a secret. But yeah, I go fight with the gi very, very soon. I don’t know (who against).”