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Anderson Silva says he misspoke his words talking about being KO’d in sparring


In recent remarks, Anderson Silva stated he was knocked out twice during the final round of practice before his fight against Jake Paul on Saturday.


Silva said that he "misspoke" and blamed it on a language barrier because he is not a native English speaker in a prepared written statement provided by Showtime on Wednesday (via TMZ Sports).


After seeing the reports and concern for me, I’d like to clarify two important things,” Silva said. “One, I was NEVER knocked out in sparring. I misspoke in that interview as I sometimes do when interviewing in English and exaggerated the normal back-and-forth action that occurs in sparring.


“Second, this sparring session I referenced was in early September. The interview with MMA Weekly was done on Sept. 13 and, for some reason, just released this week. So, it wasn’t recent. More importantly, my training camp has been great. I am fit and ready to fight, and the only knockout people should be worried about is the one I’m about to deliver to Jake Paul on Saturday night.”


Silva, 47, will compete against YouTuber-turned-boxer Paul in the evening's main event at Glendale, Arizona's Desert Diamond Arena. On Showtime pay-per-view, the Most Valuable Promotions event will be shown at Showtime PPV.


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