Jake Paul has gone a long way in his professional boxing career. Paul has now effectively beaten one of the widely beloved Greatest of all time in MMA in Anderson Silva.
Paul defeated Anderson Silva by unanimous decision on Saturday in one of the most anticipated boxing bouts of the year.
Paul is still processing his historic victory several days after it occurred. He told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour,
“It’s still pretty crazy to me, beating one of the greatest combat strikers of all time. I’m just proud of myself.”
“I felt really comfortable in there, and here we are. It’s unbelievable, it’s surreal. I can’t believe I actually pulled it off, but I’m very proud of myself.”
Paul not only outworked Silva for the entirety of the eight rounds, but he also clinched the victory by knocking Silva down with a short right hand in the eighth and final round.
There was no longer any question as to who had won the after the knock down, but some people point to this exact moment as the reason to doubt Paul’s success.
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“I lose faith in my generation and my peers, and us as a society and a world when I see that type of stuff and that type of stupidity. It just sucks.” Paul said.
“It sucks because I worked so hard for this. I dedicate everything, sacrifice everything, every single day, bust my balls, have a 15-person team working around the clock to help me become the best boxer possible, and when I do something like beating Anderson Silva, they try to take it away from me. But I know deep down, and I guess that’s all that really matters.”
Paul was previously plagued by rigging allegations after longtime foe Dillon Danis claimed he knew for sure that Woodley was ‘taking a dive’ during his faceplant knock out.
Danis also claimed Paul had tried to bribe Hasim Rahman Jr and pointed to that as the reason for the match cancellation.
There’s very little in terms of evidence to prove any of these claims considering all participants have come out and denied the claims.