Anderson Silva has clearly passed on his fighting genes, after his son Gabriel Silva remains undefeated after winning 2 Kickboxing titles.
Gabriel Silva is following in his father’s footsteps. He made his Kickboxing debut in June 2019, aged 22. Silva won his debut fight via TKO and has since improved his record to an undefeated 5-0.
In his most recent ring appearance, he fought a fellow undefeated fighter Christian Williams (3-0) and won via 3rd-round stoppage in Seal Beach, California. With this win he claimed the IKF southern-California Middleweight and the FightersRep 165-pound titles.
While the young 6’3 fighter has found success in his Kickboxing career, he does not feel the pressure to take up MMA like his father.
“I don’t see it like, ‘Oh, because my dad was the best in UFC history I have to go there as well,’” Silva talked about fighting in the Octagon at some point (from MMA Fighting). “In my head, I want to go there because the best athletes in the world are in the UFC. You want to shine and prove yourself among the best. That’s the goal in the UFC.
“To prove that I’m as good as my dad, that to me is, I wouldn’t say irrelevant, but it’s not something that crosses my mind. My dad built his history, and now I have to build mine.”
Whether or not the young phenom makes the transition to MMA, it seems inevitable that he will be compared to his father. Anderson Silva has previously publicically expressed how proud he is of his son’s achievements.
“This is your achievement, my son,” Silva wrote on Instagram. “It is proof that every dedication has its recognition, it’s the fruit of much struggle and determination, it is only the first step to a life full of merit, you can be sure !!! Now it’s [time to] focus, keep training hard, the secret is to always do it for love !! Congratulations … I’m proud, I’ve seen a lot of myself today in you, I’m happy and I think the certainty that I can really stop is closer! I love you.”
This article first appeared on CLOSEDGUARDMEDIA.com on 4th March, 2020.