- Anderson Silva comments on his decision loss to Jake Paul
- The former UFC champion is not thinking about a rematch yet
Anderson Silva came in prepared for an all-out war with Jake Paul this weekend. However, the Brazilian failed to get the job done and suffered his second defeat as a professional boxer via decision following a late knockdown.
— SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) October 30, 2022
Even the best fail sometimes
Undoubtedly, Silva is will go down in history as one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time. At the same time, the UFC legend knows that boxing is a different sport and when he and Paul faced each other inside the ring, “The Problem Child” proved he was the “better” fighter.
“Jake was better than me today,” Silva told reporters at the post-fight news conference, including MMA Junkie. “I tried to put on my strategy…I don’t find my distance, and I failed in my strategy, and Jake better than me. That’s it.”
Heading into the fight, Silva controversially admitted that he got knocked out twice in sparring sessions. And though “The Spider” was confident about his strategy against Paul, he admitted that even a “superhero” like him also fail sometimes.
“I talked to my coach like, ‘I don’t believe it. I trained so hard not to be in the same stupid position,’” he confessed. “But I’m human. I’m superhero, but sometimes my half human fail. I know I lost. I know I failed in my whole strategy, and my opponent win.”
Rematch could happen but not necessary
Despite the devastating loss, Silva holds no grudge at “The Problem Child” and said that a rematch may not be necessary at least at this point.
“I’m not the same as the other guys that fight with Jake, like, ‘Oh, I need revenge. I need rematch.’ Let’s see what happens. Maybe. I don’t know,” he concluded.
It’s the only second time Silva was beaten inside the ring. The first time took place decades ago when he lost to his compatriot Osmar Luiz Teixeira in 1998. In 2005, “The Spider” bounced back and copped his first win as pro boxer when he knocked out Julio Cesar De Jesus.
Silva then pursued MMA and became a longtime UFC middleweight champion before making a boxing comeback last year. Since his return, the Brazilian went 2-1 with victories over boxing legend Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and fellow UFC legend Tito Ortiz.