Aljamain Sterling Thinks Jake Paul Would ‘Really Hurt’ Anderson Silva

Aljamain SterlingAljamain Sterling doubts Anderson Silva would be able to stand up to Jake Paul’s punching power. ‘The Problem Child’ is currently on the hunt for his next opponent after sensationally knocking out Tyron Woodley to improve his professional boxing record to 5-0. Anderson Silva has often been linked to a fight with Paul and seems […]

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Aljamain Sterling doubts Anderson Silva would be able to stand up to Jake Paul’s punching power.

‘The Problem Child’ is currently on the hunt for his next opponent after sensationally knocking out Tyron Woodley to improve his professional boxing record to 5-0.

Anderson Silva has often been linked to a fight with Paul and seems like the logical next step for the YouTuber who is yet to face anyone with a background in striking.

‘The Spider’ may be past his prime but has managed to roll back the years since leaving the UFC in 2020.

Silva has picked up two wins in the boxing ring. The Brazilian first fought Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and scored a monumental upset to beat the former WBC super-middleweight champion over eight rounds. Last time out, Silva made quick work of Tito Ortiz on the undercard of Paul’s first fight with Woodley which took place in September.

Aljamain Sterling Worries About Anderson Silva Fighting Jake Paul

During a recent video uploaded to his YouTube channel, Sterling expressed concern about a potential fight between the former UFC middleweight king and the ex-Disney actor.

“I know Anderson Silva was supposedly a frontrunner to fight Jake,” Sterling said. “If Jake were to connect, I think he would really hurt Anderson. I think Paul is going to tie him up, lean on him. He’s a young guy, he’s going to grab him. Against Woodley, he clinched 30 times over the first five rounds. With this one, Silva’s got hands. But the only thing is, can he take a shot?”

Paul seems to be angling for a fight with Chavez Jr. next as he looks to “silence the critics” by fighting an actual boxer for the first time ever.

Sterling is currently preparing for his rematch with Petr Yan which is set to take place at UFC 272 on March 5. The 32-year-old is yet to defend the belt he picked up via disqualification at UFC 259.

Do you agree with Aljamain Sterling? Is Jake Paul a bad match-up for Anderson Silva?

Sterling Predicts Jake Paul Would “Really Hurt” Silva In Boxing Match

UFC Bantamweight Champion Aljamain Sterling likes Jake Paul’s chances in a hypothetical boxing match against MMA legend Anderson Silva.

Paul wrapped up his impressive run in 2021 with back-to-back wins over former UFC champion Tyron Woodley. An und…

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UFC Bantamweight Champion Aljamain Sterling likes Jake Paul’s chances in a hypothetical boxing match against MMA legend Anderson Silva.

Paul wrapped up his impressive run in 2021 with back-to-back wins over former UFC champion Tyron Woodley. An undefeated boxer, Paul was originally scheduled to face Tommy Fury before Fury pulled out with an injury.

Speculation has run rampant regarding who Paul could face next in the boxing ring. One of the names that has come up is Silva, who was allegedly in brief talks to fight Jake’s brother Logan before negotiations stalled.

During a recent podcast segment on his YouTube channel, Sterling previewed a potential matchup between Paul and Silva.

“I know Anderson Silva was supposedly a frontrunner to fight Jake,” Sterling said. “If Jake were to connect, I think he would really hurt Anderson. I think Paul is going to tie him up, lean on him. He’s a young guy, he’s going to grab him. Against Woodley, he clinched 30 times over the first five rounds. With this one, Silva’s got hands. But the only thing is, can he take a shot?”

Following his latest knockout win over Woodley, Paul alluded to taking some time away from the boxing spotlight. He’s allegedly anticipating a return to the ring this summer, although a scheduled fight earlier is certainly possible.

Silva most recently defeated former UFC colleague Tito Ortiz in a first-round knockout. Before that, he had defeated Julio César Chávez in an impressive decision victory.

Silva has vocalized his interest in boxing the Paul brothers at some point, although it’s unclear if a fight between the two sides will come to fruition. He’s also hinted at a potential boxing rematch against Vitor Belfort.

Paul seems determined to continue to fight MMA stars, including Nate Diaz and Conor Mcgregor. However, Silva could be a name to watch for a potential bout in 2022.

Do you agree with Aljamain Sterling? Would Jake Paul “hurt” Anderson Silva in a boxing match?

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Chris Weidman Advises Jake Paul: ‘Fight Anderson Silva’

Jake PaulJake Paul was able to extend his unbeaten record further following his devastating KO over Tyron Woodley. Post-fight, ‘The Problem Child’ took this as an opportunity to try and line up his next opponent calling out multiple different fighters who are currently under the UFC Banner. The likes of Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal were […]

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Jake Paul was able to extend his unbeaten record further following his devastating KO over Tyron Woodley. Post-fight, ‘The Problem Child’ took this as an opportunity to try and line up his next opponent calling out multiple different fighters who are currently under the UFC Banner.

The likes of Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal were two of the names mentioned however as many of us are aware, it’s extremely unlikely Dana White is going to allow either fighter for a one-off boxing match, especially if it doesn’t make sense financially. However, there is one name that does make sense, who is a former UFC fighter and therefore no longer under contract.

Chris Weidman believes Jake Paul should challenge himself next against an opponent who he knows very well in former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva. Weidman spoke on the Wont Back Down Podcast giving Paul advice on who he should face as his next opponent.

“I would love to see him fight Anderson Silva; he’s calling out all these fighters with UFC contracts. I don’t think he’s really – none of those are really going to happen at this point.”

“The UFC would have to get behind it almost like a Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather type match. But unless you’re drawing in $500 million like the Mayweather and Conor McGregor fights were doing, the UFC’s not doing that because they want to split it. They would split it, but if it’s not that type of money, they’re not doing it. So (we’re) wasting our time even talking about (Nate) Diaz, (Jorge) Masvidal and (Kamaru) Usman.” (Transcribed by MMA Junkie)

Jake Paul vs Anderson Silva?

Although ‘The Spider’ is no longer the competitor he used to be at 46 years old, he has taken very well to boxing and his excellent technique still prevails. Silva currently holds a 3-1 record with a victory over former WBC Middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Silva would put on a display in his last outing by stopping Tito Ortiz in 80 seconds back in September. Silva’s sleek striking and movement could provide Jake Paul with his biggest test to date.

How do you think a fight between Jake Paul and Anderson Silva plays out?

Flashback To Bisping Telling Silva To ‘Leave The Viagra Out’ Of Fight

Six years ago today, we ran a story about Michael Bisping’s newsworthy request for Anderson “The Spider” Silva ahead of their 2016 classic.

In 2015, Anderson Silva was hit with a one-year suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission for the…

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Six years ago today, we ran a story about Michael Bisping’s newsworthy request for Anderson “The Spider” Silva ahead of their 2016 classic.

In 2015, Anderson Silva was hit with a one-year suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission for the banned substances Drostanolone and Androstane. Silva maintained his innocence and claimed that a “sexual performance medication” he took tainted his drug test result for his fight against Nick Diaz in January of that year.

Silva’s victory over Diaz at UFC 183 was overturned to a no-contest when Silva’s defense failed. In his first fight back, the former middleweight ruler was set to face Michael Bisping, who was coming into the fight on a two-fight winning streak.

After the UFC officially announced that Bisping would face Silva in London, “The Count” took a jab at Silva on Twitter.

“@SpiderAnderson see you in London my friend! Just leave the viagra out of it! #randomtesting”

Michael Bisping has always been one of the more vocal fighters regarding the subject of performance-enhancing drugs in the sport. Another Brazilian who Bisping has taken to task on the matter is Vitor Belfort, someone the Brit continues to throw shots at to this day regarding PED usage.

Michael Bisping & Anderson Silva Meet In London—Sans Viagra

UFC Fight Night: Silva vs. Bisping took place on February 27, 2016, at The O2 Arena in London, England. What transpired in the main event was a battle for the ages and one of the best fights of the year. And just as Bisping requested, there was no mention of viagra after the post-fight drug test results came in.

Below, you can watch the classic between Bisping and Silva in its entirety.

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Conor McGregor Blames GSP For Failed Anderson Silva Superfight

Conor McGregor believes it is Georges St-Pierre’s fault that the fight with Anderson Silva never happened.

Long before McGregor held the coveted champ-champ status, one of the biggest hypothetical match-ups that fans wanted to see was between then-…

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Conor McGregor believes it is Georges St-Pierre’s fault that the fight with Anderson Silva never happened.

Long before McGregor held the coveted champ-champ status, one of the biggest hypothetical match-ups that fans wanted to see was between then-champions Georges St-Pierre and Anderson Silva. There was even a point that seemed like it was coming together, but as the story goes, Dana White pulled the plug on this due to a variety of factors, ranging from lackluster performances from Silva as well as GSP’s lack of desire to move up to middleweight at that time.

While there are a ton of varying stories as to why the fight did not happen, Conor McGregor has his own thoughts on the matter. When doing a Q&A on Twitter recently, he was asked who he thought would have won between GSP and Silva. Rather than providing a direct answer, the Irishman instead made it clear that he felt like it was St-Pierre’s fault that the fight never materialized.

“George bottled it. Plain and simple,” McGregor said.

Conor McGregor is not the only person to blame Georges St-Pierre for the fight with Anderson Silva not coming together. In fact, Silva himself has also shared the same sentiment for years.

Surprisingly, GSP did not exactly deny that he was the one holding things up when it came to a fight with Silva, although he did not do so without good reasoning. He explained that the main hiccup was the fact that he wanted it to take place at a catchweight and he wanted to have drug testing, as this was before the USADA era in the UFC.

Either way, it is interesting to see the take that Conor McGregor has on the situation. This is just one of those fights where fans will forever wonder how it would have played out.

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Anderson Silva Describes Doing The “Impossible” Against Chávez Jr.

Former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva has revealed how he defied the odds to defeat Julio César Chávez Jr. in a boxing match earlier this year.

Silva returned to the ring for the first time since 2005 in June after his UFC release. The Br…

Former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva has revealed how he defied the odds to defeat Julio César Chávez Jr. in a boxing match earlier this year.

Silva returned to the ring for the first time since 2005 in June after his UFC release. The Brazilian, who is widely regarded as the greatest of all time in MMA, ruled the promotion’s middleweight division from 2006 to 2013. In that time, he defended the title 10 times, secured the longest title reign, the longest win streak, and the most title-fight finishes in UFC history.

After being dethroned by Chris Weidman, Silva went 1-6-1 in his next eight outings. A main event loss to Uriah Hall last October signaled the end of an illustrious career on MMA’s biggest stage. Despite that, Silva’s journey in combat sports wasn’t over. “The Spider” ventured to the squared circle this year, a location he boasted a 1-1 record in at the time.

“The Spider” was matched up with a former boxing world champion 10 years his younger in Julio César Chávez Jr. Despite many expecting Silva’s poor form to continue in the ring, the 46-year-old showed glimpses of his old self, securing a split decision victory over the Mexican.

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Silva Puts Upset Victory Down To “Self Belief”

Prior to his victory over Chávez Jr., which was followed by another triumph in the ring over fellow former UFC star Tito Ortiz, a host of fans and pundits, including Dana White, were sceptical of the Brazilian’s ability to continue competing in any form of combat sports.

Having proven his doubters wrong, Silva recently revealed what went into his upset win earlier this year. In a post uploaded to Instagram, “The Spider” threw shade at those who suggested he was too old to fight, and claimed self belief and dedication allowed him to complete the “impossible.”

“Short after my last MMA fight I heard in the media from a certain someone that somebody my age should not be fighting and that it was a mistake that I was put to fight. One month after I received an offer to fight in a boxing match in Mexico against a former champion 10 years younger then me, people said I was crazy and I couldn’t do it, and it was something impossible for me. But when your self belief is strong, you are dedicated, and the love for what you do is greater then any opinion, the impossible is simply routine. Always believe in yourself.”

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Having knocked out Ortiz with relative ease, Silva is looking for a stiffer test when he next climbs through the ropes. During an appearance on The MMA Hour, the former UFC champ addressed rumors of a clash with 50-0 legend Floyd Mayweather. Silva said he’d be open to a fight with boxing’s biggest superstar.

“When I finished the fight with Tito and I saw on my Twitter and my Instagram, everybody talking ‘you need to fight with [Floyd] Mayweather!’ I don’t know, maybe this happens or not. I’m prepared for that. I just try to do my best everyday and I think this is a good fight, me and Mayweather.”

Who would you like to see Anderson Silva enter the ring with next?

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