Anderson Silva pulled off a sizable betting upset in his return to boxing on Saturday when he beat Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
Silva, a former longtime UFC middleweight champion, has long expressed a desire to step back into the boxing ring after having two fights prior to making a run in MMA to become an all-time great. Many believed the 46-year-old bit off more than he could chew in facing a former champion, but “The Spider” far exceeded expectations.
The Brazilian worked Chavez Jr. over for the majority of the eight rounds, landing some big shots, showboating and clearly enjoying himself en route to a split decision win.
Many walked away from Silva’s performance impressed. Check out the top Twitter reactions to his victory over Chavez Jr. in Mexico.