What Is The Biggest Fight That Got Away, Khabib/Ferguson Or GSP/Silva?

Two UFC legends have sparked a debate over which should be considered the greatest UFC matchup that never happened: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson or Georges St-Pierre vs. Anderson Silva? While we see some quality fights booked each and every year inside the Octagon, not all of the fans’ dream pairings come together, with many…

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Two UFC legends have sparked a debate over which should be considered the greatest UFC matchup that never happened: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson or Georges St-Pierre vs. Anderson Silva?

While we see some quality fights booked each and every year inside the Octagon, not all of the fans’ dream pairings come together, with many often remaining in the realms of fantasy rather than the steel surroundings most had hoped for.

Perhaps there’s little debate over which of the two mentioned above is the most frustrating matchup…

A collision between Ferguson and Khabib is widely regarded as one of the most desired fights that never came to fruition. The pair were scheduled to fight each other on five separate occasions, and yet fans were never treated to a showdown inside the cage.

After injuries and health problems on both sides saw contests at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale, UFC on FOX 19, UFC 209, and UFC 223 collapse, the promotion made one final attempt at putting on the dream bout at UFC 249 in 2020. After COVID-19 restrictions forced Khabib out, the fight appeared forever doomed.

That was all but set in stone when Justin Gaethje ended the former interim champion’s lengthy win streak and went on to share the Octagon with the Dagestani at UFC 254 in Abu Dhabi. After “The Eagle” defended the lightweight gold for the third time against “The Highlight,” he announced his retirement.

In a video uploaded to his YouTube channel, former UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping suggested that Khabib and Ferguson’s cursed matchup is the biggest fight that got away in the UFC.

“Number one (is) Tony Ferguson, ‘El Cucuy,’ taking on ‘The Eagle’ Khabib Nurmagomedov. Now, the fact that this bout never went ahead is just absolutely insane,” said Bisping. “This fight was matched up, contracted, training camps were taking place… five times! … It is just unbelievable that the fight never took place… This is number one bullsh*t… That truly is the one that got away.”

While many will no doubt agree with the Englishman’s selection, hold your horses, Chael Sonnen has something to say…

Sonnen Names A Fight That Surpasses Khabib/Ferguson

In every GOAT discussion, two names are almost always present: Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre. While the former ran roughshod over the UFC middleweight division between 2006 and 2013, defending the title 10 successful times, “Rush” enjoyed similar dominance at welterweight, brushing aside nine challenges to his second reign between 2008 and 2013.

Despite ruling over their respective weight classes during the same period, and with some talk of the pair colliding for a superfight, the matchup never ventured beyond discussion, even with the Brazilian’s apparent willingness to go down in weight for it.

According to Sonnen, a former opponent of Silva, that was a massive shame. During a video uploaded to his YouTube channel, the former two-division title challenger named Silva vs. GSP as the greatest fight that got away on MMA’s biggest stage.

“For me, it was Anderson Silva vs. Georges St-Pierre. I think that was the fight that got away,” said Sonnen. “Those two never touched each other… I think you guys are gonna agree with me, St-Pierre versus Anderson… probably gets a ‘wow’ factor… St-Pierre vs. Anderson, I don’t know if they so much as shook hands (for that fight).” (h/t Sportskeeda MMA)

While Khabib vs. Ferguson looked destined to clash on five separate occasions, St-Pierre vs. Silva seemingly didn’t come as close to reaching the cage.

As well as never being booked, UFC President Dana White has previously suggested that the bout wasn’t even close to coming together, with the Canadian having no interest in sharing the Octagon with the Brazilian.

Who do you agree with, Chael Sonnen or Michael Bisping?

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Shields Changes Tune On Jake Paul, Wants Silva To KO Him

Claressa Shields wants UFC legend Anderson Silva to knockout Jake Paul inside the boxing ring. Paul and Shields have a history with one another, as Paul made some disparaging comments about her following her first mixed martial arts (MMA) loss this past October. However, they seemingly put that behind them soon after, exchanging kind words…

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Claressa Shields wants UFC legend Anderson Silva to knockout Jake Paul inside the boxing ring.

Paul and Shields have a history with one another, as Paul made some disparaging comments about her following her first mixed martial arts (MMA) loss this past October.

However, they seemingly put that behind them soon after, exchanging kind words about one another through social media and interviews. Apparently, that’s all over and done with.

Shields was recently interviewed by The Schmo and offered her thoughts on a potential boxing match between the ex-UFC middleweight champion Silva, and the YouTube star-turned-boxer.

If the fight does take place, Shields would really like to see Silva knockout Paul inside the squared circle.

“I want Anderson Silva to knock out Jake Paul,” Shields said. “That’s what I want. And I believe he’s the guy to do it.

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Anderson Silva, Image Credit: UFC.com

“I think Jake Paul has fought against Tyron Woodley, who is a great guy, great MMA fighter, but Silva has shown that he’s a really really good boxer, even though he has an MMA background.

“So I would love to see him fight a Jake Paul. I think both guys are really enhancing their skills, I just don’t really like Jake Paul like that.

“So I want him and Anderson Silva to fight, and I want Anderson Silva to win.”

Shields does maintain, however, that she respects what Paul has done for boxing, and women’s boxing in particular, but thinks he needs to show a bit more respect for the sport when calling out the likes of Canelo Álvarez.

“I like what Jake Paul is doing,” Shields said. “He’s brought a whole bunch of attention to boxing, and women’s boxing. It’s just about him respecting the sport.

“And if you’re going to be calling out Canelo and that kind of stuff, you have to at least fight against a real fighter and not be using everybody’s name for clout.”

Silva holds a 4-1 record as a professional boxer. His first professional fight took place in 1998, but he was defeated after the first round via RTD.

He bounced back in 2005 with a return against Julio Cesar De Jesus, knocking him out in the second round.

After ending his 14-year run with the UFC, Silva returned to boxing in June of 2021, defeating Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. via split decision. He then took on fellow former UFC champion Tito Ortiz on September 11 of last year, knocking him out in the first round.

Paul made his professional boxing debut in January of 2020, and has since gone undefeated, with a current record of 5-0.

Although two of his wins come over a fellow YouTube star and ex-NBA star, he does own wins over former MMA champions.

“The Problem Child” knocked out Ben Askren in the first round of their April 2021 meeting. He then picked up back-to-back wins over Tyron Woodley, the latter of which being a knockout win.

Both Paul and Silva have expressed interest in boxing each other down the line, however, it looks like Paul might be fighting Tommy Fury first.

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Jake Paul’s Next Fight Is Shaping Up To Be Against Tommy Fury In August

Jake PaulJake Paul is making his return to the boxing ring fairly soon, and it looks as if he will be going toe to toe against Tommy Fury on August 13th The two were supposed to square off months prior, but Fury was forced out of the fight with an injury. Tyron Woodley then leaped at […]

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Jake Paul is making his return to the boxing ring fairly soon, and it looks as if he will be going toe to toe against Tommy Fury on August 13th

The two were supposed to square off months prior, but Fury was forced out of the fight with an injury. Tyron Woodley then leaped at the chance to fight ‘The Problem Child’ again. This time, it didn’t go to the scorers table, as Paul slept Woodley in the sixth round and subsequently turned him into a meme. Paul was up on all of the scorecards going into that round as well.

Fury on the other hand, is the younger half brother of the Heavyweight Champion, Tyson Fury. Both Fury and Paul are on the same level, so it seems this far into both of their respective career. This will be the first “true boxer” that Paul has faced to this point and Fury will have a chance to show the world that he is a true boxer, and a better one than Paul. Many fight fans have their doubts about the skillset each fighter possess, leaving them questioning if they have what it takes to call themselves real boxers.

Eddie Hearn leaked some information he may have had about Jake Paul and Tommy Fury facing off

” I don’t represent them, but I hear that fight [Paul vs Fury] is happening Aug. 13, so you might see it,” Hearn said in an interview with TalkSPORT. “Both are very limited, but as long as it’s a competitive fight, it doesn’t really matter.” (Transcribed by MMAMania)

Many MMA fans wanted to see Paul call out Anderson Silva, so Silva could teach him a lesson. Silva has looked very good since making the transition to boxing as well, sporting a perfect 2-0 record since returning to the sport.

Who do you think will win between Paul and Fury?

Anderson Silva’s Boxing Coach: Jake Paul Would Pay Dearly In Fight

Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva’s boxing coach believes Jake Paul would pay “dearly” in a fight. Silva’s coach, Luiz Carlos Dorea, recently spoke to MMA Fighting about a potential clash between “The Spider” and Paul. Dorea spoke out about Paul’s criticism of Silva’s latest performance. Last month, Silva topped Bruno Machado in an exhibition…

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Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva’s boxing coach believes Jake Paul would pay “dearly” in a fight.

Silva’s coach, Luiz Carlos Dorea, recently spoke to MMA Fighting about a potential clash between “The Spider” and Paul. Dorea spoke out about Paul’s criticism of Silva’s latest performance.

Last month, Silva topped Bruno Machado in an exhibition bout in Abu Dhabi. Many raved about Silva’s skills, especially being that he is at the age of 47. However, Paul wasn’t impressed by the performance, saying as much in a social media post soon after the fight.

“You have to laugh, right? Have to laugh,” Dorea said. “Jake Paul is doing his part, which is to promote.

“It’s obvious there’s no way he can face Mayweather, one of the best boxers of all time, and Anderson, another legend. He never fought a striker.”

The fight took place on the same card as Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s exhibition boxing bout, which headlined the card. “Money” also picked up a victory, after which Paul noted he could beat both Mayweather and Silva in “the same night.”

However, Dorea says, should Silva and Paul ever share the boxing ring opposite one another, the latter would pay “dearly.”

“If he’s considering an [official] fight [with Silva], I think he will pay dearly. In promoting, it’s all valid. He’s doing his part, using his tongue, but you can’t use your tongue inside the ring.

“You have to use your fists, and it’s a whole other story. Anderson is far better,” Dorea said.

“Anderson has always trained boxing when he was fighting MMA. He was always a striker with good boxing and muay Thai.

“Now, almost two years later and the three [boxing matches] we’ve done, and training boxing specifically for this, Anderson is evolving a lot.

“He’s more confident in his movement and defense. He had great boxing for MMA, and is putting on a show now. His level is so high.”

What do you think about a potential boxing match between Anderson Silva and Jake Paul? Who are you picking? Sound off in the comments!

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Anderson Silva’s Boxing Coach Sends Warning to Jake Paul Following Post Fight Remarks: ‘You Can’t Use Your Tongue Inside the Ring’

Anderson SilvaFormer UFC champion Anderson Silva continues to shine bright outside of the Octagon while making a heap of money in the process. Anderson Silva competed in a boxing exhibition this past weekend in Abu Dhabi, which saw him dismantle and drop Bruno Azeredo between the ropes. The Brazilian also competed alongside boxing legend Floyd Mayweather, […]

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Former UFC champion Anderson Silva continues to shine bright outside of the Octagon while making a heap of money in the process.

Anderson Silva competed in a boxing exhibition this past weekend in Abu Dhabi, which saw him dismantle and drop Bruno Azeredo between the ropes. The Brazilian also competed alongside boxing legend Floyd Mayweather, who cruised his way through his exhibition with Don Moore. Following the contests, Youtube sensation-turned-boxer Jake Paul made took to Twitter to claim he would beat both Silva and Mayweather “in the same night.”

Luiz Carlos Dorea, Silva’s boxing coach who has been by his side during his dominant run as UFC middleweight champion and has helped the 47-year-old make the transition into boxing effortlessly, found Paul’s comments laughable.

Anderson Silva to Box Jake Paul?

“You have to laugh, right? Have to laugh,” Dorea told MMA Fighting. “Jake Paul is doing his part, which is to promote. It’s obvious there’s no way he can face Mayweather, one of the best boxers of all time, and Anderson, another legend. He never fought a striker.”

In his three-year boxing career, Paul has gained an undefeated record of (5-0), with his most notable victories against former MMA champions Tyron Woodley and Ben Askren. Previous to that, Paul generated highlight feel knockouts over former NBA star Nate Robinson and fellow Youtuber Ali Enson Gib.

It was announced that Paul would make his return on August 13th, but an opponent is yet to be confirmed. Dorea stated Silva “never stops training”, and a fight between the two could potentially happen if the talks were fair.

“He has to think of an exhibition,” Dorea said when asked about a fight materializing between the two. “If he’s considering an [official] fight, I think he will pay dearly. In promoting, it’s all valid. He’s doing his part, using his tongue, but you can’t use your tongue inside the ring. You have to use your fists, and it’s a whole other story. Anderson is far better.”

Dorea said that Anderson Silva had verbally agreed to return to the UAE for a boxing bout on October 15th, so a fight with Paul on August 13th is doubtful. Dorea was still uncertain if Silva would take part in another exhibition or an official boxing match. Still, it is a high possibility the fight will get booked once the public interest grows.

“Anderson has always trained boxing when he was fighting MMA,” Dorea said of his evolution. “He was always a striker with good boxing and muay Thai. Now, almost two years later and the three [boxing matches] we’ve done, and training boxing specifically for this, Anderson is evolving a lot. He’s more confident in his movement and defense. He had great boxing for MMA, and is putting on a show now. His level is so high.”

What do you make of the Anderson Silva and Jake Paul talk? Is this a fight you’d be interested in viewing?

Jake Paul Claims He Would Defeat Floyd Mayweather, Anderson Silva In The Same Night

Jake PaulUndefeated professional boxer, Jake Paul has set sights on former sport world champion, Floyd Mayweather – as well as former UFC middleweight kingpin, Anderson Silva – welcoming a fight against the two in the exact same night, following their exhibition boxing match exploits in Abu Dhabi, UAE this weekend. Mayweather, who retired from the sport […]

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Undefeated professional boxer, Jake Paul has set sights on former sport world champion, Floyd Mayweather – as well as former UFC middleweight kingpin, Anderson Silva – welcoming a fight against the two in the exact same night, following their exhibition boxing match exploits in Abu Dhabi, UAE this weekend.

Mayweather, who retired from the sport boasting an undefeated 50-0 professional record with a win over former two-weight UFC champion, Conor McGregor in 2017, featured in another high-profile exhibition bout against Don Moore atop a Middle East card last night – turning in a one-sided victory.

For Silva, the former UFC middleweight champion and one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time, also featured in a special exhibition matchup against Bruno Machado, dropping his compatriot with a fifth round knockdown as he turned in an impressive boxing display

Ohio native, Paul, on the other hand, is targeting an August return to professional boxing, after landing his fifth professional victory in the form of a massive knockout rematch win against former UFC welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley back in December of last year in Florida. 

Jake Paul invites same night fights with Floyd Mayweather and Anderson Silva

Sharing his thoughts on the exhibition matchup featuring both Mayweather and Silva, Jake Paul claimed he would defeat both former world champions in the same night.

“I would beat Floyd (Mayweather) and Anderson (Silva) in the same night,” Jake Paul tweeted.

Mayweather, of course, shared the squared circle with Jake Paul’s elder brother, Logan Paul last year in another high-profile exhibition matchup – which followed another exhibition bout for Mayweather where he stopped decorated kickboxer, Tenshin Nasukawa with a first round knockout in December 2019. 

Over the course of his professional career, Paul holds a split decision win over Woodley to go with his aforenoted knockout triumph, as well as other notable knockout wins over both Ben Askren, and Nate Robinson.