- What: Jake Paul vs. Anderson Silva
- Date: Saturday, October 29, 2022
- Location: Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Arizona
- Time: 9:00 p.m. ET
- How to Watch: Showtime Pay-Per-View
Jake Paul faces the biggest test of his professional boxing career on Saturday, October 29, when he steps into the ring opposite former UFC middleweight champion turned boxer, Anderson Silva. Paul is 5-0 as a pro boxer with four knockout wins. Silva is 3-1 in his boxing career, with two victories via KO. The fight headlines a card featuring former UFC middleweight fighter Uriah Hall vs ex-NFL player Le’Von Bell. The event takes place at Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Arizona and is available via Showtime PPV.
Paul is coming off a December 2021 knockout win over former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley. He also has a KO victory over ex-ONE and Bellator welterweight champ Ben Askren. Paul had his first pro boxing match in January 2020. he scored a TKO win over AnEsonGib in that outing.
Silva retired from MMA in 2020 following a TKO loss to Uriah Hall. Over his MMA career, Silva went 34-11-0-1 and spent more than seven years as the UFC middleweight champion. Silva lost his first pro boxing fight in 1998, but since then he is 3-0. His most recent boxing match was a first-round knockout of former UFC light heavyweight champ Tito Ortiz in September 2021. He also has a June 2021 split decision win over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
Jake Paul vs. Anderson Silva picks
Jake Paul vs. Anderson Silva prediction and pick
It’s a cliche in sports that father time is undefeated. Cliche or not, that saying is based on reality and age is the biggest concern in the fight between Jake Paul and Anderson Silva. Paul is 25 and improving every time he steps into the ring. Silva is 47 and although he is recognized as one of the best strikers in MMA history, he is well past his prime. His MMA career ended with a run of 1-7-0-1 over his last seven years in the UFC.
Silva has a win over a former WBC champ in Chavez Jr, but that win should be taken with a grain of salt. Chavez Jr. is not the fighter he was when he was the champ with a 46-0-1 record in 2012. Far from it. As Oscar De La Hoya said of Chavez Jr. in that fight, “Come on. I mean, Chavez Jr. Wasn’t even 20 percent of himself. Okay? Conditioning wise, physically, just wasn’t him.”
Silva is taking his boxing seriously, but again he is nearing 50 and this seems more like a hobby to him than a serious career. Paul seems very interested in being a boxer. He trains hard, he has the money to bring in the right people to help him get better and he is much, much younger.
Pick: Jake Paul to beat Anderson Silva.
Who has the edge?
Silva has the edge in experience, but Paul has the edge in age, physical abilities and power. Silva’s speed and reflexes aren’t gone, but they are not at the otherworldly level they were at before he lost his UFC title to Chris Weidman in July 2013.
I think Silva has the defense to avoid getting knocked out, but I don’t think he has the power or speed at his age, to defeat Paul.
Prediction: Jake Paul to beat Anderson Silva via decision.
Best Bets for Jake Paul vs. Anderson Silva
This fight is scheduled for eight rounds. I think the best bets for Jake Paul vs Anderson Silva are the over in rounds and for Paul to win via decision. Paul has the power to score a knockout, as he showed against former UFC fighters Askren and Woodley, but I think Silva is a better defensive boxer than those two men. With that, a bet for Paul to win via knockout is not out of line. If you think Silva’s age will not be a factor, a bet for him to win is understandable because of his experience.
Prediction: Jake Paul to beat Anderson Silva.
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