GLENDALE, Ariz. – YouTuber turned boxer Jake Paul (6-0) won a decision over 47-year-old former MMA legend Anderson Silva (3-2) Saturday night in Glendale, Arizona.
In what should be viewed as Paul’s best boxing match of his young career, Silva was a shell of his old self. Keep in mind that Silva has never been and will never be a championship-level boxer. He still more so equates these days to someone who can use his hand skills to put his opponents in awkward positions and submit them, rather than getting KO’s. That said, Silva hasn’t openly competed in MMA in years; he was KO’d in his last fight in the UFC by Uriah Hall.
Jake Paul Beats Anderson Silva
Even with Silva being a shell of the once mighty warrior we saw in the UFC many moons ago, he still managed to sneak a few rounds away from Jake Paul. Silva also showed some kinks in Paul’s fighting style that a more experienced boxer would take advantage of. The more film that is out there on Jake, the better the chances are that someone will eventually defeat him in the squared circle. Silva’s mild attempt to do damage seemed planned almost. Like he was holding out before actually going all-out in the later rounds.
Paul took home scores of 77-74 and 78-73 (twice) from the judges to win the eight-round fight in a unanimous decision after knocking Silva down in the final round.
“It’s a surreal moment. Hard work pays off,” Paul said. “I want to say thank you to Anderson. He was my idol growing up and he inspired me to be great. Without him, we wouldn’t have a fight this year. He’s a tough mofo, like for real. I have a lot of respect for him.”
Jake Paul has been criticized repeatedly for what appears to be antics and tricks aimed at not fighting an actual boxer or, in Silva’s case, someone near his age. Two fights, with Tommy Fury and Hasim Rahman Jr., fell through in 2021 before the Silva fight became a reality following the long-time MMA star’s win over former middleweight titleholder Julio Caesar Chavez Jr.
“If I was walking on water, people would say I can’t swim. There is always going to be haters, but I don’t worry about that shit,” Paul said. “This just goes to show even if you are 47, chase your dreams. It’s not too late. I’m obsessed with this, and I go so hard every single day. If you work your ass off, you can accomplish your dreams. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something.
“[Silva] took so many hard shots throughout the whole fight. Dude was a dog. He was the toughest guy, but I just wanted it more.”
After the fight, Paul turned his attention to former MMA fighter Nate Diaz and current boxing superstar Canelo Alvarez. “Nate Diaz is a bitch. He tried to fight me in my locker room and then left the arena,” Paul said. “So Nate Diaz, don’t be a bitch. Come fight me. Anyone, anytime, any place. Anyone! Anytime! Any place!”
LeVeon Bell Loses In Professional Boxing Debut
Former NFL running back LaVeon Bell (0-1) lost his professional boxing debut by decision to former MMA fighter Uriah Hall (1-0). Bell lost every round but showed flashes in-between sloppy footwork and odd shoulder turning. His best punches were thrown in the third round, and Hall clearly had him where he wanted him, but the fight was only four rounds long, and Bell hung on.
Below are some highlights from the fight and the message Hall had for Jake Paul following the post-fight interview.