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Why is Jake Paul not calling out Anderson Silva, asks Chris Weidman

LockerRoom Team
29 December 2021

There are a lot of debates going on about who Jake Paul should fight next. While Jake Paul has listed names like Nate Diaz, Jorge Masvidal, and Kamaru Usman, former UFC champion Chris Weidman thinks that he should fight Anderson Silva.

Weidman voiced his opinion during his Won’t Back Down podcast and noted that he would love to see Anderson Silva and Jake Paul going head to head in a boxing match.

“He’s calling out smaller guys than him. Anderson Silva is not [under UFC] contract, he’s a professional boxer, he’s been looking great. He just beat a former world champion boxer [earlier this year] and they’re right around the same size. Why aren’t we hearing him call Anderson Silva out? I would love to see that,” Weidman said (h/t MMA Fighting).

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Weidman further went on to add that calling out fighters contracted with the UFC is not something that Jake Paul should be doing.

“I would love to see him fight Anderson Silva. He’s calling out all of these fighters with UFC contracts, and none of those are really gonna happen at this point. UFC would have to get behind it — kind of a Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather type match — and unless you’re drawing in $500 million like the Mayweather and Conor McGregor fights were doing, the UFC’s not doing that because they would want to split it. If it’s not that type of money, they’re not doing it so we’re wasting our time talking about Diaz, Masvidal, Usman, it’s just a waste of time, but that’s how he’s amping himself up and making himself sound like he’ll fight anybody,” Weidman added.

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