Live from the Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Arizona, social media star turned professional boxer Jake Paul will collide with MMA legend Anderson Silva.
The highly anticipated boxing bout has drawn worldwide attention for obvious reasons, and in addition to the main event, we’ll get to witness former NFL running back LeVeon Bell compete against UFC standout Uriah Hall.
Jake Paul vs. Anderson Silva
187lb Catchweight Main Event Bout
Saturday, October 29, 2022 – 07:00 PM EDT at Desert Diamond Arena
- Professional Record: 5-0 (4 KOs)
- Age: 25
- Born: Cleveland, Ohio
- Height: 6'1"
- Reach: 76"
- Stance: Orthodox
Jake Paul began his entertainment career not in the ring, but as a YouTuber making millions of dollars from his video blogs. He also appeared on the Disney Channel long before making his in-ring debut that arrived in 2018 in a white-collar bout versus fellow YouTuber Deji.
Despite involving himself in the circus show known as “YouTuber boxing”, Paul has since found a passion for boxing and has now collected a 5-0 record.
Once referred to as a fake boxer, Paul is proving his doubters wrong, especially with his consecutive successes over former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.
Stepping up to the Plate
While Paul will always be criticized for the opponents he faces, Anderson Silva is unquestionably the most talented striker that Paul has faced to date.
Woodley was a UFC champion but was never recognized as a dangerous striker, but Silva has been touted as one of the best strikers to have ever competed in the octagon.
Jake Paul Best Available Odds: (-179) at Bovada (visit our Bovada Review)
- Professional Record: 3-1 (2 KOs)
- Age: 47
- Born: Brazil
- Height: 6'2"
- Reach: 77.5"
- Stance: Orthodox
Anderson Silva made his first appearance inside a boxing ring before Jake Paul was born in 1998. However, the Brazilian native pushed boxing to the side as he began his quest to become the world's best mixed martial artist.
As a former UFC middleweight champion that saw him go undefeated in 16 consecutive bouts, he achieved the dream and much more.
Silva built a legendary octagon reputation behind a flashy and precise striking offense often accompanied by a taunting attitude.
The in-cage mind games would cause many opponents to fall victim to Silva’s devasting knockout ability, and to this day, he owns one of the most beautiful highlight reels in professional MMA.
Against All Odds
However, aged 47 and retired from MMA, Silva has stepped back into the boxing ring and most recently obtained consecutive wins over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Tito Ortiz.
The right/left hook combination he landed on fellow UFC legend Ortiz was spectacular, but can he succeed with these combinations against a young and hungry Jake Paul?
Anderson Silva Best Available Odds: (+160) at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)
Paul vs. Silva Analysis and Betting Prediction
How Can Paul Beat Silva?
Power, athleticism, hunger, and durability will favor Paul heading into this weekend's contest with Silva.
We can no longer discredit the former YouTuber as some chump; he’s been consistently training since he began boxing and deserves the respect of being referred to as a boxer.
That said, Silva is unlike any opponent Paul has faced. The fluid movement and actual know-how of the boxing game will present Paul with a set of variables to which he’ll have to adapt.
Laying and praying to await a counter-striking opportunity as he did against Woodley won’t be an accessible game plan; I believe he should approach Silva with an aggressive nature and look to overwhelm the aging fighter with sheer volume and power.
How can Silva defeat Paul?
The illusive technique has always been Silva’s style; excellent head movement flows effortlessly with slick footwork when the Brazilian steps up to fight.
However, the power of Paul can undoubtedly put Silva on his ass, and the former UFC champion has faced power and youth like this since his octagon days.
Popping straight shots from the outside while keeping Paul on his toes will be the most idealistic game plan for Silva.
The last approach he’ll want to take is headhunting, which he isn’t known for anyway, but perhaps he’ll be confident and underestimate the potential of Paul.
Jake Paul vs. Anderson Silva: Betting Pick and Odds
The available odds at top-rated sportsbooks are fair, considering the age and power difference. Precision will favor Silva, while power and aggression will side with the youngster.
Predicting this bout isn’t easy, as you never know when an aging fighter will turn up and actually look old and stagnant. Silva has looked great in recent bouts, but I can envision him owning any physical advantages over Paul outside his size and reach.
While it pains me to say Jake Paul knocking out Anderson Silva is a probable outcome. And for the first time in my handicapping career, I’m going to side with the social media sensation and put faith in his ability to evolve and improve fight-to-fight.
Behind significant wealth is a man dedicated to this sport, Silva has nothing to lose, but Paul has everything to gain.
Boxing Pick: Jake Paul Wins (-179) [1.79u returns 1u profit] at Bovada
Boxing Pick: Fight Goes the Distance/No (-115) [1.15u returns 1u profit] at BetOnline
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