‘He’s his size and he’s ACTUALLY good!’: Dana White issues a withering put-down to Jake Paul as he says Anderson Silva is too strong for YouTuber to even get close to
- Dana White guarantees Jake Paul won’t call out Anderson Silva for his next fight
- Paul is searching for his next opponent after beating Tyron Woodley on points
- Silva continued his impressive step into boxing by knocking out Tito Ortiz
- Paul has been calling out the likes of Tommy Fury and Jorge Masvidal
UFC president Dana White guarantees YouTube-turned-boxer Jake Paul will not call out Anderson Silva for his next fight, as the pair continue their war of words.
Paul is on the hunt for his next opponent after moving to 4-0 as a professional with a split decision victory over former UFC champion Tyron Woodley in his most challenging outing to date.
Silva, who shocked the boxing world with a highly unexpected split decision victory over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in June, continued his impressive step into the sport with a first-round knockout win over Tito Ortiz last weekend.
But White, who has been engaged in a prolonged feud with Paul, insists ‘The Problem Child’ will stay well clear of the UFC legend.
Dana White insists Jake Paul will not call out UFC legend Anderson Silva for his next fight
Paul (right) is looking for his next opponent after defeating Tyron Woodley (left) on points
‘I f****** guarantee you this, you ain’t going to see Jake Paul calling Anderson Silva out,’ White said following Tuesday’s Contender Series event.
‘That I f****** promise you. He’s his size and he’s actually good. He’s old, which is what Jake Paul likes, to fight old guys that are too small and that are absolutely positively washed up.’
Silva fought on the undercard as Evander Holyfield lost in the first round to Vitor Belfort in his comeback fight – one which has received widespread criticism – while David Haye called out Tyson Fury after a points victory over friend Joe Fournier.
White was thoroughly impressed by Silva in his second outing since dedicating himself to boxing, contemplating whether the 46-year-old is the greatest combat sports athlete of all time.
Anderson Silva continued his impressive step into boxing with victory over Tito Ortiz
The 46-year-old, who beat Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in June, knocked Ortiz out in the first round
‘Anderson Silva, we honestly need to start talking again about this guy as the GOAT,’ he said. ‘Not Tito [Ortiz], because he knocked Tito out in 40 f****** seconds. But he did to Tito exactly what should be done to Tito.’
He continued: ‘At 46 years old, he left this sport [UFC], which he was considered possibly the greatest of all time.
‘He goes out, beats Chavez Jr in a boxing match and knocks Tito out in 40 seconds. You know what I think of Tito, he can’t box… but Tito had a good chin, he took big shots from a lot of guys who hit hard.
‘Anderson Silva knocked him out 40 seconds. Anderson Silva might actually be the GOAT of combat sports.’
Paul, however, has insisted his goal is now to fight a ‘real boxer’, with a match-up against Tommy Fury, the brother of Tyson, looking more likely.
Paul and Fury were seen discussing a potential fight while backstage in Cleveland (above)
Fury was victorious against Anthony Taylor on the undercard of Paul’s headline event with Woodley, though his performance was less than impressive.
The pair engaged in a vocal exchange after their respective bouts, with Paul since revealing Fury is at the top of his list.
‘I think it’s on to bigger and better things,’ Paul said on the Full Send Podcast. ‘I want to fight a real boxer. We’ll see what the cards have in store.’
He continued: ‘I think Tommy Fury is probably the top of that list. He’s skilled, he’s undefeated, and he’s a real boxer.
‘He has like 4 million followers on Instagram, which is good engagement. He has the fans from like his relationship show (Love Island).’
Fury’s promoter Frank Warren has confirmed that talks between both parties are underway, though insisting negotiations are still in the early stages.
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