Jake Paul outlasts Anderson Silva in back-and-forth boxing clash – MMA Junkie

Jake Paul outlasts Anderson Silva in back-and-forth boxing clash - MMA Junkie

What will they say about Jake Paul now?

Going into Saturday night’s Showtime headliner, the prevailing notion was that the YouTube star-turned-boxer would face his toughest challenge yet in a former UFC middleweight champion. Anderson Silva. The fight was more action-packed than anyone could have expected, with Silva pushing Paul as much as he could. In the end, Paul survived Silva and won a unanimous decision in Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Arizona, where the judges won the fight 77-74, 78-73, 78-73 in his favor.

“They’ll find something to say, ‘Fight a real boxer,'” Paul said later. “B*tch, I tried. Hey, if I walked on water, people would say I can’t swim. There will always be haters. There will always be critics. It is there. It is everyday, a part of life, if you do something and succeed. So I don’t care about that shit. This is just the beginning, baby.”

Based on the first round alone, the fight should have been slow and calculated as Silva came out relaxed and didn’t throw much while Paul pushed the action. That all changed in Round 2, however, when Silva took things to another level and took Paul out of his comfort zone. The mental warfare was on, with Silva landing and taunting Paul on more than one occasion.

As the battle continued, the brutality increased. At one point, Paul and Silva fought in a phone booth, something Paul did not do in his previous fights with former MMA champions Ben Askren and Tyron Woodley.

Silva’s best punch of the night was his inside uppercut, while Paul found success with three-hit combos up and down and continually looked to land a big right hand – which he did a few times, but Silva was able to take them.

That is, until the eighth and final round. Silva came out with a sense of urgency, blitzing and throwing bunches. But after 30 seconds, Paul finally found his big fist and dropped Silva to the canvas. Even after the blow, Silva still stepped forward. As much as he pushed, Silva couldn’t find his one punch in the final frame.

It wasn’t a bad showing for the 47-year-old Silva. But the 25-year-old Paul was only better.

“Listen, it’s hard to come in here and fight a young kid,” Silva said. “I tried to do my best. I train hard every day. Jake is better than me today. I have nothing bad to say about my opponent. I think everybody has to respect this kid because he’s doing the best job.”

And now Paul can look to a showdown with former UFC star Nate Diaz, which has been talked about for months and is allowed to happen now that Diaz is a free agent.

“I want Nate Diaz, who’s an old lady,” Paul said. “He tried to come into my locker room. He tried to cause some shit. Then he always leaves the f*cking arena. So Nate Diaz, stop being pushy and fight me.”

For complete coverage of the card, check out the MMA Junkie event page for Paul vs. Silva.

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