Late last month, Paul’s Most Valuable Promotions announced that the YouTube star will face the Brazilian MMA fighter on October 29 at the Gila River Arena in Glendale.
And while he’s busy preparing himself for that, Silva revealed that he has also entered a BJJ competition in Dubai.
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Anderson Silva reveals he has entered a jiu-jitsu tournament
“This was in the past but now it is about the future and my legacy and I will continue doing my best in boxing and in different sports too.
“I think after this fight with Jake, I will go to Dubai to start training jiu-jitsu with my coach because I am entering a tournament and I am excited to put my heart into training and continue to test myself.
“Right now I am in control of my professional life inside combat sports and I can do anything.
“Nobody can control me and say ‘you can’t do that’ or ‘you are too old for that’ and of course this is making me more happy.”
Anderson Silva hints his last fight will be in MMA
The former UFC middleweight champion was released from his contract following his October 2020 defeat to Uriah Hall.
However, he refused to rule out competing again in MMA in the future despite his current three-fight losing skid.
“Oh, you know, when I stopped doing my last fight in the UFC, I talked to Japan about doing my last fight there,” Silva added.
“Because it completely makes sense, because I [started fighting] my professional career in Japan. My first title belt I took in Japan in Shooto. And yeah, maybe I want to fight in Japan.
“My last fight, you know, to prove my respect for the people in Japan, for my fans in Japan, too. And we’ll see. I don’t know. Probably my last fight is MMA.
“I think probably my last fight is MMA in Japan. I talked to RIZIN, I talked to the different companies there, make a show there. I don’t care about the [size of] the shows, big or not.
“Because when I started in Shooto, it was a small show, very good, and it made me so happy because at the time I just went there and did my best and I showed my respect for my country, to my masters, and to my academy.
“I feel I can do this again and finish this part of my life and not think about, ‘I think I go back to do something.’ No, when I’m done, I’m done. I just close the door. This is part of my past, thank you, and I’m out.”