Anderson Silva is tying the ribbon on his mixed martial arts journey.
Silva (34-11) parted ways from the UFC, a company he was with for nearly 15 years, following a TKO loss to Uriah Hall in October. Now preparing for a boxing match with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, Silva seems content to call it a career in MMA.
“Every single day, different companies, especially in Japan and Asia, too, called me, but I think MMA for me is done,” Silva told ESPN (h/t MMA Junkie). “Because it’s hard to train MMA. It’s hard to stay in camp training in a good level because you hurt yourself a lot. Now I just try to enjoy. I don’t need to prove nothing for anybody. I just try to enjoy every single moment I fight in different sports, and that’s it.”
“Maybe my next challenge is jiu-jitsu, gi or no-gi,” Silva said. “Just enjoy the moment. The whole martial arts.”
Silva ends his MMA run on the heels of consecutive losses to Hall, Jared Cannonier and Israel Adesanya. In his prime, Silva cemented himself in the G.O.A.T conversation has a middleweight kingpin with wins over Chael Sonnen (twice), Vitor Belfort, Forrest Griffin, Demian Maia, Dan Henderson, Rich Franklin, Nate Marquardt, Rich Franklin and Carlos Newton.