Anderson Silva offered an update on the MMA fighters association he agreed to help establish alongside former foe Jake Paul.
Ahead of their October clash inside the squared circle, Silva made a deal with ‘The Problem Child’ that if he lost their boxing bout, ‘The Spider’ would have to help Paul establish a long-discussed fighter’s association that would serve to advocate for mixed martial artists against greedy corporations and their CEOs. Much to the changing of MMA fans, Silva came up short, losing the bout via a unanimous decision.
Since then, little info has been released by either party regarding the establishment of a fighters association. During an appearance on MMA Fighting’s Portuguese-language podcast Trocação Franca, ‘The Spider’ spoke about the project, confirming that he is keeping his word and is actively working with Jake Paul on the massive project.
“It’s moving. It’s all in motion,” Silva said. “Jake is a very correct person, so it’s happening. To make sure it’s done the correct way and it’s enduring, it stays for future generations, it has to be well-planned and structured, and we’re working on it.”
Anderson Silva Eyeing Potential Rematch with Jake Paul or Boxing Bout Against Nate Diaz
As for when he plans to return to the ring, Anderson Silva suggested that a rematch with Jake Paul is possible. He also likes the idea of fighting the winner of the summertime showdown between Paul and ex-UFC star Nate Diaz.
“Maybe we can fight the winner or whoever accepts the challenge to fight me,” Silva said. “Let’s see if that works.”
Nate Diaz will make his squared circle debut on August 5 as he is slated to meet Jake Paul in a professional boxing match at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. It was recently revealed that the contest will be a 10-round bout.
“They are both very tough,” Silva said. “Nate, we don’t even need to talk about him, right? [But] he has a big, big challenge ahead of him, which is fighting Jake. Jake has been working really hard and dedicating, even though some people think he’s just a YouTuber. No, he’s training. He trains with tough guys, has good coaches, and he’s showing he deserves respect. Let’s see what happens.”
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