“I don’t give a sh*t, do you know what I mean? If he’s really fighting Anderson Silva, and that’s true, it’s about time he’s got a real fight."
Even though Dana White is tired of hearing about Jake Paul, he gave a slight nod of approval to the idea of the former YouTuber-turned-boxer facing Anderson Silva, of course, assuming the reports are accurate. Despite expressing his dislike and hatred for Paul-related questions at his news conferences, Dana White, the host of the Contender Series 52, unwillingly offered his opinion on the bout on Tuesday.
White told reporters including MMA Junkie, “I don’t give a sh*t, do you know what I mean? If he’s really fighting Anderson Silva, and that’s true, it’s about time he’s got a real fight on his hands there. Regardless of how old Anderson is, yeah, that’s a real fight.” Paul vs Silva has not been officially announced, but a number of publications said on Monday and Tuesday that the fight’s Oct. 29 date was being finalised. Phoenix is reportedly the intended destination for the Showtime pay-per-view fight, according to veteran boxing journalist Dan Rafael.
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Except for his rematch with Tyron Woodley, who had only met Paul once before, the 25-year-old Paul has never faced a fighter with prior boxing experience. Woodley is 5-0. However, attempts have been made since Paul’s opponents backed out of fights against boxers Tommy Fury and Hasim Rahman Jr. Former UFC competitors Woodley and Askren, as well as former NBA star Nate Robinson and YouTuber Ali Enson Gib, have all been defeated by Paul.
Silva, 47, is unbeaten in boxing. In the boxing ring, where he had a successful 1-0 record before joining the mainstream MMA scene, Silva made a comeback after leaving the UFC in 2020. Silva defeated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. by split decision and defeated Tito Ortiz in his post-UFC boxing contests. Currently Silva is 3-0. Also, being a MMA legend this match will be eyed on as Jake Paul takes on the vicious, “The Spider” Anderson Silva which could actually help understand Jake Paul’s level in boxing.