Silva, Machado go distance in exhibition boxing match

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UFC legend Anderson Silva went the distance with Bruno Machado in an exhibition boxing match Saturday in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

No winner was declared because the fight wasn't sanctioned, though Silva likely would have won on the judges' scorecards in an official contest.

Silva had no issue edging Machado throughout the fight, which featured eight two-minute rounds. "The Spider" picked his opponent apart with his smooth striking and dictated the pace.

The biggest moment of the fight came at the end of the fifth round when Silva dropped Machado with a right hook.

Silva came into Saturday's event having won two straight boxing matches since crossing over from mixed martial arts in 2021. He defeated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. by decision and Tito Ortiz by knockout last June and September, respectively.

Silva-Machado served as the co-main event of a Global Titans show headlined by an exhibition bout between Floyd Mayweather and Don Moore.

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