Wanderlei Silva eyes boxing after retiring from MMA, pursues former world champions

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Former PRIDE FC champion and UFC alumnus Wanderlei Silva recently confirmed his retirement from professional mixed martial arts, however, has announced his intention to pursue professional boxing – as well as stealing beards from his compatriot and former opponent , Vitor Belfort.

Silva, a former undisputed middleweight champion under the PRIDE FC banner, as well as the winner of the 2003 Middleweight Grand Prix, recently ended his professional mixed martial arts career with immediate effect, after competing for the last seen in a fourth fight against Quinton Jackson under the Bellator banner in 2018.

Revered as one of the deadliest and most devastating knockout artists in sports history, Silva holds the record for most wins, knockouts, title defenses and longest winning streak. under the PRIDE FC banner.

Wanderlei Silva blames Vitor Belfort for boxing Evander Holyfield last year

Competing under UFC control from 2007 to 2013 in his second term, the Curitiba striker has announced plans to compete in professional boxing next – eyeing former world champions, as well as slamming his fellow Brazilian , Belfort’s knockout victory over Evander Holyfield last year.

“I would like to fight a boxer, wouldn’t I? Wanderlei Silva told MMA Fighting Trocacao Franca podcast with Guilherme Cruz. “I always liked doing it in their game. Even when I was training, I liked doing Jiu-Jitsu with Jiu-Jitsu guys and wrestlers. I like to test myself.

“I would like to box one of the good guys, maybe a former world champion, something like that,” Wanderlei Silva explained. “That would be interesting. But I don’t wanna fight an old man like our friend (Vitor Belfort) did it, fighting someone who is almost 70 years old. It must be someone younger, right? Fighting an old man and beating him quickly is something other types of fighters do. I will not do that. I want someone good.

Headlining a Triller Fight Club event against 59-year-old former world champion Holyfield last year, Belfort picked up a brutal first-round knockout victory.

Sharing the Octagon since the start of UFC Brazil in 1998, Silva suffered a first-round knockout loss to Belfort in just 44 seconds in Sao Paulo.

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