Anderson picked up another win in the boxing ring this past weekend and has indicated that he may well be open to fighting Jake Paul next.
Silva had went up against another Brazilian MMA fighter Bruno Machado in a short-notice boxing match proceeding Floyd Mayweather’s latest exhibition bout against Don Moore in Abu Dhabi, and emerged a convincing winner via unanimous decision.
‘The Spider’ bossed the action from start to finish and even floored Machado with a right hook in the fifth round, though his opponent survived to take the fight to the scorecards, though there was only ever going to be one winner.
This was third win in a row inside the boxing ring for the 47-year-old, who had previously earned a decision victory over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and then KO’d Tito Ortiz in 82 seconds.
Now he’s left the door open for a potential blockbuster fight with Paul, who defeated former UFC fighters Ben Askren and Tyron Woodley (twice) last year, but has yet to fight anyone his own size.
“It’s possible,” Silva told Sports Illustrated when asked about fighting Paul. “People need to respect the Paul brothers. Those kids are talented, and they’ve opened people’s eyes about the good and bad in combat sports. I’m preparing my body for a challenge. We’ll see what happens.”
Meanwhile, after watching this past weekend’s event, Paul fancied his chances of beating both Silva and Mayweather, one after the other.
“I would beat Floyd and Anderson in the same night,” Paul wrote on Twitter.