Next Opponent for Jake Paul Potentially Leaked
Jake Paul may have finally found a worthy opponent. Keemstar, a social media reporter, announced Monday that a boxing match between Paul and Anderson Silva is expected to be confirmed soon. Silva is a former UFC champion, and he has dabbled in the world of boxing since his MMA retirement in October of 2021.
Shortly after Keemstar reported the opponent, TMZ added that the bout would take in October. The specific date or venue was not announced.
It is important to note that this fight is not official. MMA reporter Ariel Helwani reported that conversations between Paul and Silva are ongoing, but contracts have not been signed. He mentioned that more details will emerge throughout the next week. Helwani also said the bout would be contested at 185 pounds — the weight Silva held a UFC title in.
Paul has made quite the name for himself in the combat sports world. He currently has a 5-0 professional record in boxing, including two wins over former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley. He also defeated ONE and Bellator welterweight champion, Ben Askren. Prior to that, he fought NBA point guard Nate Robinson and YouTuber Ali Eson Gib.
The trend of Paul fighting retired MMA fighters will continue with Silva. With that being said, this potential fight cannot be viewed as a negative. Silva is a legend in the sport of MMA. He was the UFC middleweight champion for six years and also set the UFC record for consecutive wins at 16, which stands to this day.
Silva is a more legit opponent for Paul for two reasons: he is a striker and Paul’s size. Paul was able to defeat credentialed UFC fighters like Woodley and Askren, but neither are great strikers. Both fighters came into MMA with a background in wrestling. Woodley has a lot of power in his hands, but he largely set up power shots by feinting takedowns. Meanwhile, Askren is a tremendous wrestler, but he is one of the worse MMA strikers of all time. Neither of those skill sets translates to boxing.
The same cannot be said for Silva. Silva is one of the best strikers in MMA history. While his skillset is watered down in the boxing ring as he cannot utilize his great kicks or knees, he manages. Silva has a professional boxing record of 3-1, including wins over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Tito Ortiz. The lone loss came in 1998. At the end of the day, despite being an MMA fighter, Silva can box.
As far as size goes, Silva is closer to Paul’s size than Woodley and Askren. In the UFC, Silva fought at 185 while Woodley and Askren fought at 170. This size difference is crucial, especially when Paul is the younger fighter in the ring.
The only negative on Silva’s side is his age. At 47, Silva is no spring chicken. Thankfully, he has still shown the skill required to compete at a high level. Despite his age, Silva will be Paul’s biggest test to date.
It was clear that Paul vs Silva was the fight to make. Now it is nearly official. Not only will this put a load of cash in each fighter’s pocket, but it provides Paul an opportunity to legitimize his boxing ability against one of the best fighters of all time. For Silva, he can send Paul’s hype train flying off the tracks.