Anderson Silva, a former UFC champion, will fight YouTube star Jake Paul at the end of this month. And as it goes in combat sports, even a somewhat inexperienced fighter like “The Problem Child” can pull off an upset if they land enough punches.
In a recent interview with the Nelk Boys on the Full Send podcast, Silva discussed his mindset going into the fight despite the prospect of losing to a former YouTuber turned 5-0 pro boxer.
“A fight is a fight. It’s a mission. You have the soldiers and you train your soldiers for the mission. And sometimes, you lose the mission. Sometimes you fail, sometimes you win,” he said.
“But I training for win. I don’t training for lose. And the fight happens, I win, OK, I’m win. I lose? Keep doing, let’s go. I don’t go to lose.”
“I don’t know (if) I go knock out Jake Paul or not. But I promise I go prove my respect for boxing world. That’s my goal. I train with the GOAT Olympic game guy in boxing. That’s why I train (with) professional boxers. That’s why I do my best every day.
“That’s what I need to do, prove my respect for boxing. Boxing’s very interesting because not to disrespect other sports, but in boxing, a lot of people die to make the sport huge. A lot of people lost everything to make the sport huge.
“I can’t come to the sport and don’t do my best and prove my respect for boxing. It’s not about knocking out Jake Paul or knocking out other opponents. It’s just go inside and prove your respect for boxing.”
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