Anderson Silva says he was knocked out twice in fight, Arizona Board of Inquiry
This weekend’s Jake Paul-Anderson Silva boxing show couldn’t go off without a hitch, could it?
No, apparently it can’t. During a recent interview with MMA Weekly, former UFC middleweight champion Silva, who has had success in boxing for the past two years, claimed he was knocked out twice in a fight as he prepared for Paul’s match this weekend.
This, unsurprisingly, is of concern to many people, including the Arizona Department of Gaming, which the fight falls under.
“I train hard to win. I train with the right boxers, top level, and five guys come to help me,” Silva said in the aforementioned interview. “And the last sparring with my partner, he knocked me out twice, and when I finished training I talked to my coach and said, ‘Coach, let me tell you something , why did the guys knock me out twice?’ And the coach said, ‘You need [to] prepare for war, and prepare for war.
It’s not the kind of talk athletic commissions like to hear, because this kind of trauma during training can impact a fighter’s health — and lead to their license being revoked. Silva’s coach Luiz Carlos Dorea, however, denied being knocked out.
“What I can say is it didn’t happen,” he said, according to a report from MMA Fighting. “Thank goodness we are going through all the stages of training and Anderson had a great fight [sessions]. He is 100% for the fight.
“We are reviewing the matter and have no further comment at this time,” the Arizona Department of Gaming told the site in a statement.
Silva has been in three fights, a mix of professional and exhibition matches, since transitioning to boxing following a loss to Uriah Hall in October 2020, after which “The Spider” retired from mixed martial arts. His most recent action came against Bruno Machado in Abu Dhabi; no winner was declared as the exhibition bout went all the way, though Silva did score a knockdown in the bout.