It is Israel Adesanya’s hope that Jake Paul will “shake up the world” this coming Saturday in Arizona by defeating UFC icon and former middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
New Zealand-based Nigerian Adesanya believes 5-0 YouTube boxer Paul has what it takes to overcome Silva, 47, but warned that the latter should not be underestimated despite his age.
Adesanya, the current UFC middleweight champion and the UFC men’s pound-for-pound No. 2, has been a fan of Jake Paul ever since the latter shocked the world by knocking out former NBA player Nate Robinson in 2020.
“I’m gonna be honest, he’s a tough fight, but I said this to you at your house after your Nate Robinson fight and I was just like, ‘Man, you’re a crazy motherf*****,’” Adesanya told Paul on BS.
“And I still maintain that. You’re a crazy motherf****. So, you even getting this fight happening it’s something that is gonna go down in history and you can get it done. Silva can be beat. This is boxing as well, it’s not MMA, he is getting older, I don’t really think that plays a factor as everyone is saying. Don’t f****** believe the hype just cause he’s 42 or whatever. He’s a different kind of 42-year-old. I think you can get it done, but do not f****** sleep on Silva it’s gonna be a bad night. I wanna see you shake up the world, it’s fun to see you just throw your s*** everywhere.”
“You gotta be careful, man,” Adesanya contiuned.
“I told Logan, if you take this fight, take it seriously because he’s no joke. Silva is the master, he’s a mastermind, man. It comes to the level of even the way he talks, the way he speaks to you when you meet him. He’s a friendly guy, I love Silva. He’s cool and he’s a humble, genuine dude as well. But when it comes to war, he’s a savage.
“He’s from the streets, bro. You gotta remember this guy’s from the streets and the favelas, he don’t give a f***.”
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