For another chance to fight in his home soil, Anderson Silva agrees to a match against Jared Cannonier at UFC 237 in Brazil.
After losing his return fight against Israel Adesanya in Australia, the ‘Spider’ says his next MMA bout will happen in his home city in Curitiba, Brazil opposite Nick Diaz. However, the middleweight legend is reportedly returning to his country against another fighter in May.
Silva Vs Cannonier
The former longtime UFC middleweight titleholder has just said yes to fighting Cannonier on May 11 that’s likely happening in Rio de Janeiro instead of previous reports saying Curitiba will host the event.
After being sidelined for almost two years, Silva made a return trip to the Octagon in the main event of UFC 234 on February 9. His much-anticipated
Now, it seems like the ‘Spider’ is up for more Octagon appearances as his next bout against Cannonier is happening in a matter of two months.
Did @stylebender know something we didn't about Anderson Silva's next fight after UFC 234? His perfectly predicted a matchup with Jared Cannonier.
— MMAjunkie (@MMAjunkie) February 21, 2019
Cannonier, meanwhile, has competed as a heavyweight during most of his time in the UFC. The American fighter won his middleweight debut via second-round TKO on his most-recent match against former World Series of Fighting middleweight and light heavyweight champ David Branch.
After snapping his two-fight losing streak against Branch at UFC 230 just this November, Cannonier now gets a chance to fight one of the greatest middleweights in Silva.
“I never thought it was going to happen, I got the call today, but hell, the UFC has already announced it so I assume Silva has agreed to it as well. Right now it is just verbally agreed to. I think Silva is going to take it,” Cannonier told BJPenn.com.
“It is an honour to potentially be his last fight. A guy like him with his career, a prominent name, and a superstar in Brazil. It is an honour to definitely be his final fight in his home country. I am going to do my best and put on a show.”
Breaking: Anderson Silva (34-9) will face Jared Cannonier (11-4) at UFC 237 on May 11 in Brazil, per UFC president Dana White. Silva just dropped a decision to Israel Adesanya in the main event of UFC 234 earlier this month, and said he wanted to be on the Brazil card.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) February 20, 2019
Continuing, Cannonier revealed how he aims to defeat the Brazilian fighter in his home soil.
“The way I fight I don’t go out there to dance and move around, I’m going to put my hands on him and try and knock him out. When people see it, it will be exciting for them. As much as people will want to see Anderson win, but when they see me knock him out they will be oohing and ahhing,” the native of Alaska explained.
“When they watch it they will be like damn that guy is good. I can knock out anybody. This is just another chance to do so. This is a huge name so it is only good for my career.
“I’m going to knock him out. I have to knock him out, that is how I fight,” Cannonier concluded.
Featured Image Credit: Instagram/Anderson Silva and Twitter/Jared Cannonier