Although Dana White is tired of hearing about Jake Paul, he did give a slight nod of approval to the idea of Jake Paul battling Anderson Silva in a boxing match (assuming the reports are real, of course).
White showed his contempt and disgust for Paul-related queries at his news conferences at Tuesday’s post-fight news conference for Dana White’s Contender Series 52, but he reluctantly weighed in on the bout regardless.
“I don’t give a sh*t, do you know what I mean?” White said.
“If he’s really fighting Anderson Silva, and that’s true, it’s about time he’s got a real fight on his hands there. Regardless of how old Anderson is, yeah, that’s a real fight.”
Numerous publications on Monday and Tuesday claimed that Paul vs. Silva was being finalized on October 29 even though no official announcement had been made as of yet. Experienced boxing journalist Dan Rafael says that the Showtime PPV will take place in Arizona’s capital city of Phoenix.
Paul, 25, is a professional boxer with no losses to his record, but he has never faced an opponent with any prior experience (with the exception of his rematch with Tyron Woodley, in which Woodley faced an opponent who had only met Paul once before). Not that Paul hasn’t made an effort; he was supposed to fight boxers Tommy Fury and Hasim Rahman Jr., but they both backed out at the last minute.
Paul has beaten renowned opponents including NBA star Nate Robinson and online celebrity Ali Enson Gib in addition to UFC veterans like Woodley and Askren.