Jake Paul is currently pushing for a boxing match with former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping, but ‘The Count’s’ fellow color commentator Daniel Cormier has now suggested that he fight another ex-champ of the division, Anderson Silva instead.
Cormier appeared bemused that Paul wanted to fight the 43-year-old Bisping, given that he’s been retired for over four years due to already being blind in one eye due to fighting and having concerns over his other eye also starting to have issues.
“When Mike says, you want to call out a 43-year-old with no knees, who can’t see, then send the contract, what is this?” Cormier asked on his YouTube channel. “Like, what is the point? Some will say, ‘It’s simple, D.C., he wants easy fights.’ Well, Michael Bisping, even with one eye, is not an easy fight. Don’t think for a second that Jake Paul is gonna go run through Michael Bisping in the way that he did Tyron Woodley.
“Tyron Woodley was a wrestler. Ben Askren was a wrestler. Michael Bisping is a boxer and a fighter. So, with all the injuries that he’s had, Bisping will still go out there and fight as hard as anyone you’ve ever seen. … It would be a tougher fight for Jake Paul, but what’s the desired result? Does it get you closer to being legitimized?”
So, as an alternative, DC has suggested that Paul should be pursuing a fight with the 46-year-old Silva instead given that he’s still actively competing and has been having some success in the boxing ring of late.
“You want an older guy to fight?” Cormier continued. “Hey, there’s a former UFC champion that is doing exactly what you are doing. His name is Anderson Silva. That’s who you should be fighting Jake. That’s who you should be calling out. Because guess what, he still fits the mold. He’s a former UFC champ. Amateur boxer, because he’s only fought, I don’t know, only five boxing fights. He’s just like you, he’s your size, and he’s up there in age.
“That fight actually gives us some idea of what this thing is that you’re trying to do or portray.”