Jake Paul vs. Anderson Silva Predictions: Five Reasons the UFC Legend Will Be Victorious at Showtime PPV

Jake Paul vs. Anderson Silva is the biggest test yet of Paul’s burgeoning celebrity-meets-pro boxing career. Betting odds vary between Paul and Silva, but some wires could cross. The two will take to the air on Saturday night Glendale, Arizona on Showtime PPV.

Paul masterfully built up his opponents before knocking them down. He marketed Ben Askren to the public as a world champion who had fewer losses than Conor McGregor – completely overriding the fact that Askren had never won a UFC championship and was among the worst straight forwards of any major organization. He promoted former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley as a heavy-hitting juggernaut, ignoring the limitations of his one-shot explosiveness and deflated performances in four straight losses that led to his UFC exit.

There seems to be a divide between boxing and MMA insiders. The first camp generally puts Silva in a box with Askren and Woodley as mixed martial artists who don’t understand the intricacies of boxing. The second camp recognizes Silva as one of MMA’s best forwards and an apprentice in the boxing trade.

Need to convince Silva to raise his hand against Paul? Here are five reasons to stand up for Silva on Saturday.

1. Silva is a sweet science student

There seems to be a misconception among members of the boxing community that Silva is just another MMA fighter masquerading as a boxer. This couldn’t be further from the truth. No sane person would claim that Silva is a championship-level boxer, but sweet science is woven into the DNA of his MMA. Silva based his fighting style on legendary boxers Muhammad Ali and Roy Jones Jr. He took brief hiatus from MMA in 1998 and 2005 to compete in professional boxing. Following his UFC departure in 2020, Silva returned to the boxing ring for the first time in 16 years, defeating former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Silva (3-1 in boxing) beat Chavez Jr. (53-6 -1, 1 NC) with movement and made him hesitate with powerful counterattacks. The fight was more crucial than the split decision result would suggest.

Silva is one of the best forwards in MMA history. His head moves are legendary, he regularly drops his hands, and employs techniques straight out of The Matrix. Paul is a total novice boxer and relies heavily on his jab as a setup for crosses and hooks. Paul certainly has power, but such basic strategies are exploited by Silva’s superior head movement, footwork, angles and feints.

2. Paul assesses his opponent

Paul’s power should not be dismissed. That being said, one factor that contributed to his KO ability was the size advantage he has over his opponents. Paul generally weighs around 190 pounds for his cruiserweight bouts. Askren and Woodley weighed similar at their boxing matches, but the size difference was painfully obvious. After all, Askren and Woodley both competed in MMA at 170 pounds. Silva was the longtime UFC champion at 185 pounds who competed successfully in the 205-pound division. Silva has a small advantage in height, reach, and weight that should make a big difference on fight night.

3. Silva is economical in fuel consumption

Paul’s sixth-round knockout of Woodley in their rematch saved an absolute slumberfest from a fight. It was the kind of result Paul needed after a total of 14 rounds of miserable boxing. It’s certainly worth noting that Paul’s strength is long-lasting, but both he and Woodley were terribly tired. Silva has a wealth of experience when he travels 25 minutes in the octagon. While age will play some factor for the 47-year-old, Silva’s stamina lasted over 24 minutes of boxing with Chavez Jr. in 2021. Silva has a naturally larger physique and is an expert at finding angles. There’s no overabundance of oxygen-lifting muscles or over-reliance on charging to deliver punches. If Paul is reticent, Silva should take him apart. If Paul flashes, Silva could dust off his exhausted opponent.

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4. Silva has good and bad intentions

Askren was dismissive of Paul from the moment their fight was booked. Seeking the payday that eluded him in the UFC, Woodley took things personally after losing a split decision in their first fight. Silva does this for the love of the game. His legacy is bulletproof and he’s competing because he loves it and because he’s still pretty damn effective. Don’t expect Silva to take Paul lightly.

“I don’t need the money anymore,” Silva told Bad Left Hook. “People think money is important, but it’s not. Of course I’m going to make money from this fight because it’s my job. Don’t do anything just for the money. Work because you have a passion and why I have been successful my entire life.

“There’s a lot of people saying Jake isn’t good, he’s not that good of a striker. But for me the fight is a fight and I train hard to win this fight. I don’t see this as an easy fight for me. Every single fight is dangerous once you step through the ropes.”

5. Paul has a “spider” problem

Silva wasn’t Paul’s first choice at this stage in his development. A fight against Silva was probably on the agenda, but for the above reasons, Paul and his camp probably had no intention of crossing that bridge any time soon. Failed attempts to book fights against Tommy Fury and Hasim Rahman Jr. shattered the momentum Paul had built after he KO’d Woodley in their rematch. Paul has an endless supply of confidence to draw from, but one can’t help but wonder if The Spider lurks somewhere in the deep, dark recesses of Paul’s psyche.

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