UFC commentator and podcast host Joe Rogan explained why he’s excited to see Jake Paul fight Anderson Silva and why ‘The Spider’ could finally defeat the YouTuber-turned-boxer.
Jake Paul will be making his long-awaited return to the ring this October when he does battle with one of the greatest mixed martial artists in history – Anderson Silva.
It’s well documented at this point that Jake Paul was supposed to fight in August – first against Tommy Fury, and then against Hasim Rahman Jr. – but that didn’t happen.
Instead, the YouTuber-turned-boxer has been left looking at making his return to the ring in October, fighting UFC legend Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva – who has also made his own waves in boxing, picking up a 3-1 record so far.
Joe Rogan weighs in on Jake Paul vs Anderson Silva fight
During his Fight Companion show for the UFC’s September 3 card in Paris, Rogan was asked for his thoughts on the fight between Jake and Anderson – seeing as he’s a pretty big fan of both of them.
“I love it!” Joe answered. “If Jake Paul really decides to fight Anderson, that’s a very, very, very tough fight.” Brendan Schaub, one of Joe’s guests for the show, noted that he’d previously pushed Jake to fight Anderson rather than calling out Michael Bisping for a bout in the ring.
“Jake Paul is one of the smartest marketers that the sport has ever seen and he can fight – he’s got balls! And, the thing is, people think he’s this YouTube guy and he can’t fight… look at the way he knocked out Tyron Woodley,” the JRE host added.
“Come the f**k on. I have said this multiple times, if that guy was just a boxer and you’d never known anything about his YouTube background and you saw him knock out Tyron Woodley with one shot, you’d be like holy sh*t there’s this new guy coming up and he’s a bad motherf**ker. He’s really legit.”
Since retiring from the UFC, Anderson is undefeated in professional boxing with a split decision win over Julio César Chávez Jr and a first round KO against Tito Ortiz.
“Anderson, if he just went straight into boxing, would have been a f**king world champion!” Rogan beamed.
Jake Paul vs Anderson Silva is scheduled for October 29th in Phoenix, Arizona. Be sure to keep it locked to Dexerto for all the latest leading up to the pay-per-view event.