Anderson Silva encountered a setback in his combat sports journey over a year ago when he faced Jake Paul in a Showtime pay-per-view event. The clash resulted in a unanimous decision loss for Silva, despite his commendable performance. It was an eighth-round knockdown from Paul that ultimately secured Silva’s defeat.
This defeat marked Silva’s first loss since his departure from the UFC in 2020. However, the Brazilian athlete has recently expressed his lingering desire to continue competing in MMA. The former middleweight champion disclosed that there were discussions going on with a Japanese MMA promotion.
Although the specific company remained unnamed by Anderson Silva, speculations inclined towards the Nobuyuki Sakakibara-led RIZIN. Despite the initial promise of Silva making a comeback in MMA, the anticipated deal failed to materialize.
In a recent interview, Nobuyuki Sakakibara elaborated on his discussions with Anderson Silva. He disclosed that while a definitive agreement hasn’t yet been reached, he remains receptive to the possibility.
Additionally, Sakakibara expressed openness towards not only Silva but also other combatants potentially transitioning to RIZIN.
Indicating that negotiations were ongoing, Sakakibara conveyed via a translator: “Anderson has fought for us – our relationship goes way back. To answer your question, yes, we have spoken, but…you know, for us, if he has some ideas, and if we really want to do something, our doors are always open, we’re always here to listen.”
“If things make sense, we’ll always put something together. We do have a relationship with Anderson. I can’t really talk about details, but if the opportunity is there and if it makes sense, we’re always open to making things happen.”
He further emphasized, “One of our concepts that RIZIN has is to provide a platform for the legendary fighters to perform their final fight, to kind of show them the way out with respect, so that’s definitely one of our concepts. We’re not going to get rid of that concept right away…”
“Our concept always have had that, to reaching out to the legendary fighters. One day we might just put together a matchup that would definitely cater and make the old school fans all excited. There’s definitely a possibility for that in the future.”