Former UFC champion Anderson Silva said he misspoke during the fight. interview with MMA Weekly in September, in which he claimed to have knocked out twice in sparring. Silva, who will take on social media star Jake Paul in a boxing match Saturday at the Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Arizona, said in a statement that English is his second language.
It’s unclear who allegedly knocked him out, though he trained with 2020 Olympic champion Hebert Conceição of Brazil. The interview was made during a media tour dedicated to the announcement of the fight, which took place on September 12-13. It was published this week.
In a statement released by Most Valuable Promotions, Silva promised to knock out Paul on Saturday.
“After reviewing the reports and worrying about me, I would like to clarify two important things. First, I have NEVER been knocked out in sparring. – the fourth action that occurs in sparring.
Secondly, this sparring that I mentioned was at the beginning of September. The interview with MMA Weekly was taken on September 13th and for some reason published only this week. So it wasn’t recent.
More importantly, my training camp was great. I’m fit and ready to fight and the only knockout people have to worry about is the one I’m going to deliver to Jake Paul on Saturday night.”
Silva has a 3-1 score as a professional boxer and in 2021 he defeated ex-world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and former MMA champion Tito Ortiz. He was 34-11 in MMA and held the UFC middleweight title for nearly seven years.