By: John Welch
“The Problem Child” reigns supreme once again.
On Saturday, Oct. 29, former YouTube star turned pro-boxer Jake Paul defeated yet another former UFC champion, Anderson Silva, by unanimous decision (77-74, 78-73, 78-73).
Paul now boosts his professional boxing record to an impressive 6-0 with wins over a handful of UFC fighters including Ben Askren, Tyron Woodley, and now Silva.
The fight itself was highly competitive with plenty of offensive action coming from both men. The most significant moment came in the eighth and final round when Paul landed a clean right hand which sent Silva to the canvas.
Leading up to the fight, many fans thought that Silva would be the man to finally defeat Paul, including UFC President Dana White. Paul and White have had a personal feud over the years which stemmed from Paul’s criticism of fighter pay inside of White’s organization.
During a post-fight press conference following Dana White’s Contender Series 39, White didn’t seem to think Paul would have the courage to call-out Silva, who was 2-0 in boxing at the time.
“I f—g guarantee you this: You [aren’t going to] see Jake Paul calling Anderson Silva out,” said White. “That I f—g promise you. [Silva is] his size, and he’s actually good. He’s old, which is what Jake Paul likes. He likes to fight old guys that are too small and that are absolutely, positively, washed up.”
Paul not only agreed to the fight, but won. During his post-fight press conference following his bout against Silva, Paul shared his thoughts on White and the criticism he received from him leading up to the fight.
“You said I wouldn’t do this and I did it with flying colors,” said Paul. “But he’s in hiding, he’s trying to do anything he can to stop my [boxing] run, to sabotage my fights. He hates me, he hates me. He hates what I’m doing. ”
Looking ahead, Paul has his sights set on boxing yet another former UFC fighter, Nate Diaz.
Diaz, who recently finished his last fight on his contract with a submission victory over Tony Ferguson, was in attendance for the event to support teammate Chris Avila who boxed YouTuber
Dr. Mike in the opening bout of the main card.
Behind the scenes, a scuffle broke out between Diaz and Paul’s team in which video shows Diaz executing his famous “Stockton slap” on a member of the Paul team. Paul shared his thoughts on the altercation during the post-fight press conference.
“Everyone wants that fight,” said Paul.“He tried to fight people in the hallway. Nate, stop fighting people for free. Let’s do it in the ring. I know you’re a little slow, buddy, but it’s okay. We can make that fight happen.”
If that fight does come to fruition, it would be a massive fight for both men considering the star-power that they both possess. With a win over Diaz, Paul would add yet another UFC legend to his resume which would surely infuriate White even more.
The feud between the two has no end in sight, and if Paul continues to create a mockery of some of the organization’s greatest legends, don’t be surprised if White allows some of his active fighters under contract to deviate into the boxing world to put an end to “The Problem Child.”