Anderson Silva

Silva vs Sonnen Betting Preview: A Boxing Match Between Old Rivals

Anderson Silva will be a hefty -500 favorite when he challenges old UFC rival Chael Sonnen (+325) in an exhibition boxing match on June 15 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Silva is the logical favorite, as "The Spider" has four boxing fights under his belt already, including a 2022 unanimous decision loss to Jake Paul.

Silva vs Sonnen Boxing Odds

Anderson Silva-500
Chael Sonnen+350

Odds as of May 22

According to our sports betting calculator, if you like Silva to win, you will need to bet $500 to win $100, with those odds implying an 83.3% chance of winning. If you think Sonnen can pull off the upset, a $100 bet would net you $325 if he gets his hand raised on June 15 in Brazil.

Silva vs Sonnen Betting Preview: Lots of trash talk

Most of the MMA and boxing community picked Silva to dismantle his former rival. It's hard to see Sonnen securing an upset, especially in an exhibition format.

Regardless, expect lots of trash talk from "The American Gangster," as he tries his best to draw all the eyeballs he can to this boxing match vs Silva.

Silva vs Sonnen Odds: Betting Strategy

It's difficult to see any way Sonnen wins this fight. The American is shorter, has less boxing background, and has far less experience. Sonnen also hasn't competed professionally since his knockout loss to Lyoto Machida in 2019. 

Silva was a master of finesse in his heyday. And any success he finds in this match vs Sonnen will be a product of that skillset. The Brazilian owns a 3.5-inch reach advantage over Sonnen, giving him a big advantage in what will most likely be a glorified sparring session. 

Watch for Silva to dance around and keep Sonnen at a distance.

Silva vs Sonnen Pick

If you can find decent prop odds, make sure to bet on Silva to win by decision. I envision no other outcomes for this fight between two fellas in their late 40s.

Pick: Silva by decision

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