Jake Paul Says He Will ‘Respectfully’ Knock Out Anderson Silva
Jake Paul said there’s a few differences between his past opponents compared to upcoming rival Anderson Silva, but one of them is that he’s not an a—hole.
Paul and Silva showed their respect to one another ahead of their upcoming October 29 fight in Phoenix, Arizona.
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) September 12, 2022
“I signed up for the hardest sport in the world and I love it, that’s what I’m built for,” Paul said.
“I love a challenge. I grew up idolizing [Silva] and for me this is surreal that I’m sitting up here. I was on the couch watching this guy as a kid and here we are. I love the challenge and this is my toughest fight yet. I’m prepared.”
But in between the compliments, Paul slipped in that he’s going to knock out Silva — a former UFC champion who many regard as one of the greatest in the sport – but he’ll knock him out “respectfully.”
Silva laughed it off.
“I’m so excited, I’m so happy to be here,” Silva said to Paul.
“Especially because many, many years ago you come with your brother (Logan) and I take picture with you. It’s insane. I fight a lot in my entire life and I’m here again. That’s the proof that everyone can do everything in their life when you believe in yourself.”
Paul is riding off of a 5-0 pro boxing record so far, with Silva being his toughest opponent to date. He is a 2-1 underdog for the first time. He last knocked out Tyron Woodley and will be entering the ring for the first time since his fights against Tommy Fury and replacement Hasim Rahman Jr fell apart.
Silva, meanwhile, has found much success in his boxing career. He last shut down fellow former UFC champion Tito Ortiz in the first round of eight.
Paul and Silva met face-to-face on Monday and will head to Phoenix, Arizona for their second pre-fight presser.