Jake Paul calls out Nate Diaz and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez after his unanimous victory over Anderson Silva.
Jake Paul (6-0) did it again. Last night, legendary MMA fighter-turned-boxer Anderson Silva battled (3-2) and claimed a unanimous victory in front of a crowd of 14,430 at Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ. Paul’s “Problem Kid” has become a box office attraction whether or not you want to take his events seriously.
Entering this fight, fans and media alike weren’t sure if Paul would win against someone like Silva, but he had the advantage of strength and youth, which is something you can’t ignore. What we saw from Paul on Saturday night was a more prepared fighter who improved in every fight he took. From a technical point of view, Paul’s balance was better, and you could tell he was trying to think out there and set traps for veteran warrior Silva.
The understanding was that Paul would wait for Silva to come out and allow the 47-year-old to play in the fight. Halfway through the eighth round match, that’s exactly what happened, with the younger Paul being a more dominant force than Silva. Silva’s face began to show the results of the punishment, his nose was bleeding profusely. Until then, Silva had been a warrior, and even though he was knocked out in the last round, he kept coming, and I’m sure he surprised young Paul with the heart he showed.
Jake Paul calls Nate Diaz and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez as potential next rivals.
Paul said after the fight, “It’s a surreal moment. Hard work pays off. First of all, I’d like to say thank you to Anderson. He was my idol. He inspired me to be great. He was the first famous person I ever met. Without him, we wouldn’t have quarreled with this.” The year He is a tough guy – a legend. I have nothing but respect for him. It just shows that anyone watching at home is chasing your dreams. It’s never too late. I started boxing two and a half years ago as a professional and beat one of the best players ever because I Obsessed with this. I go hard every day.”
He continued, “Nothing can get in my way. No distractions. And if you watch at home, it doesn’t matter if you have talent; it doesn’t matter if you have anything, all you have to do is get rid of your desire, and you can achieve your dreams. He must go. This is just to prove it because I met Anderson when I was 13. If you’re 13 and watching this, go get it. Don’t let anyone tell you you can’t do anything.” Inspirational words from Paul and something that will reach quite a few people who have been following the event.
Near the end, everyone in the world was waiting to see who Paul would call. Earlier in the evening, there were several camera cameos from MMA great Nate Diaz, who was in attendance. Rumors have been circulating that a fight between Paul and Diaz could be next. If so, the pot was moved early so Diaz and his team were seen squabbling with Team Bull in the back of the arena. So when it was time for Paul to speak, he said, “This is just the beginning. I want Nate Diaz. Canelo, you too. You guys said, ‘You can’t beat a striker; you can’t beat a legend like Anderson Silva. I just did that. So why? Can’t I defeat Canelo?”
Now the Canelo fight didn’t happen, and that was more of the marketing mentality Paul talks about underworld. The target opponent is Diaz more than anyone else. Diaz has a powerful cult-like following and is known around the world as this no-nonsense bad boy who looks to beat up his opponents. With his larger-than-life popularity, this is the only logical fight for Paul, and it would be a massive hit. Can you imagine this fight taking place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California? There will not be enough seats in the venue to host the number of people looking to attend. This is a huge event and it should happen in June of next year.
Everyone will be very fascinated by the outcome of that battle that will lead to massive numbers and digital traffic. If this fight happened, would Paul be able to put it all together and defeat Diaz? Is Diaz too much of a fighter for Paul and will he dominate? All questions to be answered if these two men enter the ring to face each other in the near future. Paul is here to stay, so get used to him, because he’s not going anywhere anytime soon.