YouTuber turned pro boxer, Jake Paul once again made headlines with his eighth-round knockdown and subsequent win over MMA legend Anderson Silva last weekend.
‘The Problem Child’ stepped into the squared circle for the sixth time in his career, earning his sixth straight victory over one of the greatest UFC fighters of all time. In the closely contested and highly entertaining affair, combat sports fans were stunned when Paul managed to land a blow that sent Anderson Silva crashing to the canvas in the eighth and final round of their pay-per-view main event.
Paul would go on to win via unanimous decision, largely due to the 10-8 round he received for the late knockdown. This immediately led Paul’s detractors to claim the fix was in, believing Silva took a dive late to secure a win for Paul. Those flames were fanned when a video clip surfaced appearing to show a reverse angle of the blow, making it appear it never actually landed on Silva’s chin.
UFC commentator and podcaster Joe Rogan discussed the heavily debated fight on his ‘Joe Rogan Experience‘ podcast and addressed the accusations that the fight was fixed.
“We should point something out. Some people are trying to say that fight was fixed because of the knockdown. If you please, if you find that there’s a video where people are questioning, I just want to explain to people this is what happened. Anderson moved forward to Jake Paul and Jake Paul hit him with sort of a step-in jab and caught him right on the chin and when he caught him on the chin, Anderson Silva was falling backward and then he leans away from the right hand and goes down.
“He was down from the punch, but it looks like the right hand doesn’t connect, and [it] doesn’t connect, but the left hand is what f*cked him up. That dude hits f*cking hard and for anybody to say he doesn’t hit hard because he’s a YouTube star… If this guy was not a f*cking YouTube star and he was some dude who went out there and flatlined Tyron Woodley with one punch and just knocked down Anderson Silva in the f*cking eighth round.”
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Joe Rogan Says Jake Paul is Legit Despite What His Critics Believe
Through six professional fights, Jake Paul remains undefeated with four knockouts. Though he is yet to face another professional boxer in his career, Saturday night’s win over Anderson Silva helped to legitimize the young athlete in the eyes of many, including Joe Rogan.
“That is legit as f*ck. Anybody says it’s not legit is crazy. He cracked him. He can fight. Is he the best in the world? No, but is he getting better with every fight? Yes.
“If this is what he wants to do, this guy is making a f*cking insane amount of money. He f*cking loves it and he’s beating people that everybody says he shouldn’t be in the f*cking ring with.”
According to Forbes, Jake Paul earned $45 million in 2021, 90% of which came from his three fights that came against Ben Askren and back-to-back matchups with Tyron Woodley. However, comments by Paul recently indicated that his fight with Anderson Silva “tanked” bringing in an estimated 300,000 buys according to the social media star, a far cry from the 1.2 million buys for his fight with Ben Askren last year. The buyrate for Paul vs. Silva is yet to be confirmed, but it sounds as though fight fans may be getting tired of Jake Paul’s gimmick.