On October 29 at Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Arizona, Paul (5-0) will face Silva (3-1) in the main event of a Showtime pay-per-view event. Silva is a former UFC middleweight champion.
It’s a widely held view that is unpopular among mixed martial artists. The British heavyweight contender has seen enough of Paul to enjoy what he’s seen thus far after Paul knocked out former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.
“I think he’s got Anderson Silva at a good time,” Aspinall said.
“Silva has obviously got a lot of miles on the clock. But he also has a lot of skills, so it’s an interesting fight. Silva has got to be pushing 50 now, but the skills are still there, the body is still there. I think Jake Paul takes it. I think Paul should be able to outwork him, being the younger and fresher man, but you never know. Silva (is) getting a bit older and Paul’s young and hungry – and Jake Paul’s looked good. I don’t care what anybody says – it looks like he has got skills. So I think he wins that one.”
“I will say something that not a lot of fighters will say: I actually really like Jake Paul,” Aspinall said.
“I like what he’s doing. He’s got a lot of eyes on the sport that would not be watching the sport before. I’m talking all the way across combat sports. I think he brings a lot of eyes to combat sports and he’s looked great boxing so far. He’s obviously a very athletic guy and picked it up really quick and he’d look great doing MMA, as well, I think.
“In my opinion, if he was given the right fights and brought on properly, had the right training – his mentality is great. So he could go far with it, definitely.”
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