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.

Damon Martin

‘It’s safe to say he already did better than Ben Askren”

Commentators on Anderson Silva’s performance through R1 tonight @FiteTV #TributeToTheKings

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— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) June 20, 2021

Ariel Helwani

Silva is doing well. Probably better than most boxing purists thought. Can’t help but think how much better he’d be if this was 6-8 years ago. The skills are there. Shame he never got that chance.

— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) June 20, 2021

MMA History Today

Anderson Silva is winning a boxing match against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

— MMA History Today (@MMAHistoryToday) June 20, 2021

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Shaun Al-Shatti

Man, Anderson Silva is having the time of his life in there…and he doesn’t look bad! Fun stuff so far. #TributeToTheKings

— SUNS IN 4 AL-SHATTI (@shaunalshatti) June 20, 2021

Brent Brookhouse

Oh, we’re getting some old school Chavez whining.

— Brent Brookhouse (@brentbrookhouse) June 20, 2021

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Matthew Wells

“The surprising thing for me is the comfort level of Anderson Silva.”

Commentator must have never seen a single Anderson Silva fight ever. #TributeToTheKings

— Matthew Wells (@MrMWells) June 20, 2021

Brian Campbell

Of all of Chavez Jr.’s career fails, this one is pretty bad against a 46-year-old retired MMA champ.

— Brian Campbell (@BCampbell) June 20, 2021

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Danny Segura

I scored it 77-75, Silva. He really turned it up mid way and didn’t stop. Great showing. #TributeToTheKings

— Danny Segura (@dannyseguratv) June 20, 2021

Aaron Bronsteter

Dude… Anderson Silva just beat Julio Cesar Chavez Jr by decision IN MEXICO at his Chavez Jr.’s father’s event.

That is unfathomable.

— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) June 20, 2021

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John McCarthy

Holy crap @SpiderAnderson just beat Chavez Jr. They gave him a Split Decision, but it was a runaway win no doubt for Silva. Should have been no more than 6-2 for Silva

— Big John McCarthy (@JohnMcCarthyMMA) June 20, 2021

Jake Paul

Respect to Anderson Silva @spideranderson on the win….vc é uma lenda brasileira! Would be an honor to have him vs Roy Jones Jr on the same card as Tyron and I

— Paul Paul (@jakepaul) June 20, 2021

Dan Rafael

I just saw that Anderson Silva won an eight-round split decision over Chavez Jr. Good for Silva. Chavez shows nothing but disrespect for #boxing as he once again did by not making weight (as usual). Hey, at least he didn’t quit! #boxing #ChavezJrSilva

— Dan Rafael (@DanRafael1) June 20, 2021

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