Jake Paul vs Anderson Silva Fight Results, Highlights: ‘The Problem Child’ Gives Silva Unbeaten Run

Jake Paul vs Anderson Silva Fight Results, Highlights: ‘The Problem Child’ Gives Silva Unbeaten Run

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Combat sports have a long history of older fighters feeding the next young lion on the rise. In just his sixth pro fight, Jake Paul did his best to ensure youth was served on Saturday night against MMA legend Anderson Silva.

Paul (6-0, 4 KOs), the 25-year-old social media influencer turned boxer, rallied for a last-round knockdown to secure an eight-round unanimous decision in the main event of a Showtime PPV card from the Desert Diamond Arena. Paul took scores of 77-74 and 78-73 (twice) against the 47-year-old Silva, the former UFC middleweight champion.

“It’s a surreal moment. Hard work is paying off,” Paul said. “I want to say thank you to Anderson. He was my idol growing up and inspired me to be great. Without him, we wouldn’t be fighting this year. He’s a tough muff, like, really. I have a lot of respect for him.”

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Paul has long been criticized during his surprising turn to wrestling for not fighting a real boxer. He tried twice to close in 2021, but scheduled bouts against Tommy Fury and Hasim Rahman Jr. they collapsed. A fight with Silva (3-2, 2 KOs in boxing), an opponent many of Paul’s critics said he would never fight, suddenly came together, fueled by Silva’s 2021 upset of former middleweight titleholder Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

Brazil native Silva was on the ball throughout the fight and looked to possibly steal some close rounds by rallying to back Paul up in the final 30 seconds with powerful shots. But Paul’s size and youth eventually won out as Silva was forced to fight heavily at points due to his age.

“I worked hard to put on a special show for everyone here,” Silva said. “I say thank you to everyone who came. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, but I keep training hard because I was born for it.”

Paul outscored Silva, 83 to 79, according to CompuBox. He floored Silva in Round 8 with a counter right hand and landed 42 percent of his shots overall (including a 30 to 13 edge to the body.

Paul hugged Silva after the fight with the Brazilian legend, telling him: “Nobody can talk about you, believe me. Nobody can talk about you.”

The performance was largely mature from Paul, who showed legitimate improvement from his last outing, a late knockout of former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley in their rematch in late 2021.

Controlling much of the second half of the fight with three-punch combinations that started to the body and ended with proper uppercuts, Paul continued to show what time and dedication can do.

“If I walked on water, people would say I can’t swim. There’s always going to be haters, but I don’t worry about that shit,” Paul said. “This seems simple, even if you’re 47, chase your dreams. It’s not too late. I’m obsessed with it and I fight so hard every day. If you work your ass off, you can make your dreams come true. Don’t let anyone stop you say you can’t do something.

“[Silva] he took so many hard shots throughout the match. Dude was a dog. He was the toughest guy, but I wanted it more.”

After the win, Paul turned his attention to calling out Nate Diaz, who will be free after his UFC deal expires, and boxing superstar Canelo Alvarez. Diaz’s match is much more realistic and the seeds have already been planted as members of Paul and Diaz’s tag team engaged in a brawl backstage shortly after Diaz’s teammate Chris Avila scored a victory to open the PPV card.

“Nate Diaz is a bitch. He tried to fight me in my locker room and then he left the arena,” Paul said. “So, Nate Diaz, don’t be a bitch. Come fight me.

“Anyone, anytime, anywhere. Anyone! Anytime! Any place!”

CBS Sports was with you all the way on Saturday, so be sure to catch live scores and highlights below.

Match card, results

Paul vs Silva scorecard, live coverage

Paul 10 9 10 9 9 9 10 10 76
Forests 9 10 9 10 10 10 9 8 75

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