Jake Paul has managed his professional boxing career with great care and success. He made his way up the ranks in an unusual way, passing via professional sports, other social media stars, and actual MMA fighters. Even the MMA combatants were chosen with care, as Paul defeated Ben Askren and Tyron Woodley, two wrestlers who were towards the end of their athletic careers rather than at their peak.
Since his rematch with Tyron Woodley in December of last year, "The Problem Child" has been sidelined. In that fight, Paul knocked out the former UFC welterweight champion in a distinguished finish. Since then, the YouTuber's two scheduled fights with Tommy Fury and Hasim Rahman Jr. have been postponed.
His forthcoming fight with Anderson Silva, though, carries a significant danger. Because Silva is a tremendously talented fighter and a Middleweight, unlike previous opponents, the competition is higher. The Brazilian is still a serious threat to Paul's perfect record, even though his prime years are now behind him. The current betting odds indicate that Paul is Silva's underdog after opening as the favorite. The unbeaten boxer will be the underdog for the first bout if the betting line holds.
Jake Paul meets Anderson Silva in the headliner of a Showtime pay-per-view event on Oct. 29 at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. Since making a comeback to boxing in 2021, Silva has knocked out former UFC light heavyweight champion Ortiz and defeated former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
“I know he’s coming up on a fight now against Jake Paul,” Ortiz said on Paddy Pimblett’s “Chattin Pony Podcast.”
“I don’t think Jake Paul’s going to make it out of three rounds, and that’s my opinion, but I think it’s going to be a great fight because I know Jake Paul puts in great work.”
Floyd Mayweather and others have frequently slammed Paul for taking on older MMA fighters like Tyron Woodley and Ben Askren. However, Ortiz believes that the YouTube star would be seriously misguided to believe that Silva's age is an accurate indicator of his skill.
“Jake Paul thinks him being 47 is going to make a difference? He’s gonna be in for a rude awakening,” Ortiz added. “One thing about Anderson, he takes this sport very seriously. He takes it as a martial arts.”