Former UFC middleweight champion, Anderson Silva makes his return to the squared circle for the first time since 2005 on June 19. in Guadalajara, Mexico — tackling former WBA middleweight champion, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in a professional boxing match. However, if the Curitiba native had plans to attempt to utilize his notorious clinch work against the Mexican, the kibosh appears to be firmly placed on that potential game plan already.
Taking co-main event status at the Jalisco-based event, billed as the Tribute To The Kings, Silva and Chavez Jr. battle beneath a headliner between Hall of Famer and sport icon, Julio Cezar Chavez Sr. — who meets with Hector Camacho Jr. in a six round exhibition match. With the event available for $39.99 USD on pay-per-view, via FITE.
Also joining Chavez Sr. and Jr. on the same card, younger son, Omar Chavez tackles Ramon Alvarez, the elder brother of middleweight standout, Canelo Alvarez, in a rematch.
Taking place at the Jalisco Stadium in Guadalajara, the matchup will come as Silva’s first visit to Mexico for a professional outing. The outing will come as the veteran’s third professional boxing match, following a 2005 knockout win over Julio Cesar de Jesus, and a 1998 debut against Osmar Luiz Teixeira.
Calling time on his iconic run with the UFC last October, Silva bowed out of the promotion with a third round knockout loss to recent UFC 261 feature, Uriah Hall.
Speaking with MMA Power Hour recently, Armando Bareno provided some clarity on the ruleset in place between Silva and Chavez Jr. — comparing the possible referee scrutiny to that which we saw during Floyd Mayweather’s 2017 professional boxing match against former two-weight UFC champion, Conor McGregor in regards to potential clinch work.
“It was part of the contract negotiations to not allow any MMA-style moves,” Bareno explained. “So any of those Muay Thai, Jiu-Jitsu — any of the head locking that you can get away with in other combat sports, you can’t get away with in boxing. So it’s part of the contract. Both guys (Anderson Silva and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.) are aware of it.“
“It’s similar to (Floyd) Mayweather, (Conor) McGregor where they had that in their contract, that those habits that he (Silva) has just from a lifetime of doing MMA. He is not allowed to do that,” Bareno continued. “That was part of the negotiations for both fighters, and this is a boxing match. It is not an MMA [fight], and any of those MMA moves are not allowed.“
While Silva enters the tie with one of the most iconic careers in mixed martial arts behind him most likely, Chavez Jr. carries a 52-5 professional record, with his most recent success coming opposite Jeyson Minda in November of last year.
Scoring the undisputed WBC middleweight championship with a majority decision win over Germany’s Sebastian Zbik, the Sinaloa native would go on to lodge three successful title knockbacks in the form of wins against Pete Manfredo Jr., compatriot, Marco Antonio Rubio as well as a seventh-round knockout win over Andy Lee back in June of 2012.