Jake Paul (5-0) has finally chosen the right opponent. True, Anderson Silva (3-1 boxing, 34-11 MMA) is not a renowned boxer and is very short in the sport, but he is an MMA fighter who will not be physically inferior to Paul, and unlike Tyron Woodley and Ben Askren, Anderson Silva has always preferred to fight in a standing position.
"Spider" is actually one of the best technicians in the history of MMA when it comes to the stance and will be a real test for Jake Paul. Until last year, Silva had two professional boxing appearances (1-1), and in the middle of last year, he returned to boxing 16 years after his last boxing appearance.
By split decision, Silva defeated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., a former world champion and boxer with as many as 61 fights behind him (53-6-1, 1 NC). Many analysts characterized that victory as a big surprise, but Nate Diaz disagrees.
UFC's legendary fighter will take part in the UFC 279 event this weekend against Khamzat Chimaev. In anticipation of that event, Diaz commented on the contracted match between Anderson Silva and Jake Paul as part of the "media day", and he started with Silva's victory over Chavez.
"I think they’d be stupid if they’re trying to count him out"
"I see it going a lot of different ways,” Diaz said. “I think Anderson for sure – I didn’t like when he fought (Julio) Cesar Chavez Jr.
and they, I think it may have been the organization they were fighting under or whatever, but they were talking like all surprised that Anderson was beating Chavez Jr. Respect to Chavez Jr., Senior, all the boxing… But why are they acting surprised that Anderson Silva is doing good? What do you even think Chavez Jr.
is even doing in there with Anderson Silva? They considered him the GOAT in the UFC for a long time, you know? There was no appreciation for that and I thought that was stupid." "I think they’d be stupid if they’re trying to count him (Silva) out at all in this fight, but I also see that Jake Paul could win or do well too,” Diaz said.
“(He’s) Young, motivated, strong, inspired to box. So, I think it makes for an interesting fight." Paul and Silva will fight on October 29th (the 10th month) in Phoenix, and it will be very interesting to see how the YouTuber will handle a fighter like Anderson Silva.