Anderson Silva labels himself a ‘superhero’ despite defeat by Jake Paul and claims he ‘WON’T beg for rematch’… but wants a shot at Nate Diaz and Canelo Alvarez
- Anderson Silva says he ‘won’t beg’ for rematch following his defeat to Jake Paul
- The YouTuber defeated Silva by a unanimous decision on Saturday night
- The UFC fighter called himself a ‘superhero’ but is keen to return to the ring
- Silva also said he wanted a shot at UFC fighters Nate Diaz and Canelo Alvarez
Anderson Silva claims he ‘won’t beg’ for a rematch with Jake Paul after he was defeated by the American YouTuber on Saturday night.
Paul, who won by unanimous decision, knocked the former UFC middleweight champion to the canvas in the final round, to claim a resounding points victory over his opponent.
Judges scored the bout 78-73, 78-73, 77-74 to the 25-year-old Ohio native, despite the Brazilian landing some hard shots in the opening rounds.
Jake Paul (left) defeated Anderson Silva (right) on Saturday night by unanimous decision
Silva (right) claims he ‘won’t beg for a rematch’ with the undefeated YouTube sensation
After the bout, the 47-year-old who is widely considered as one of the UFC’s greatest fighters, claimed his loss was a result of his ‘poor strategy’.
‘I know I lost,’ Silva said in his post-fight press conference. ‘I know I failed in my whole strategy, and my opponent won.
‘I’m not the same as the other guys that fight with Jake, like, ‘Oh, I need revenge. I need rematch.’
‘Let’s see what happens. Maybe. I don’t know.’
The fight was competitive throughout with Paul landing more punches than the Brazilian
Paul has now defeated a roster of big names, including Ben Askren and Tyron Woodley
The fight was competitive throughout, with Paul landing 25 percent of his 336 punches, while Silva was more accurate, making 31 percent of his 251 punches.
It was the black belt taekwondo star’s fifth professional boxing match, and after the fight, the 47-year-old admitted that Paul was the better fighter.
‘Jake was better than me today,’ he said. ‘I tried to put on my strategy… I don’t find my distance, and I failed in my strategy, and Jake was better than me. That’s it.
The win see’s the American extend his unbeaten fight record to 6-0, having added Silva to his growing list of wins, which includes Tyron Woodley, Ben Askren, and Nate Robinson.
The MMA star was sent to the canvas in the eighth round after a big blow from the American
The former UFC middleweight champion has now lost two in five professional boxing matches
But while Paul emerged victorious, Silva was in disbelief having ‘worked hard’ in training a bid to defeat the social media star on the night.
‘I talked to my coach like, ‘I don’t believe it. I trained so hard not to be in the same stupid position.
‘But I’m human. I’m superhero, but sometimes my half human fail.’
The 6ft 2in southpaw, who has been fighting in the UFC since 2000, holds the record for the longest title reign in UFC history at 2,457 days.
The Brazilian called out Canelo Alvarez (left) and Nate Diaz (right) following the bout
During his career in the Octagon, Silva has racked up an impressive fight record going 34-11-0.
And while he was coy about a rematch with the YouTube sensation, the former UFC middleweight champion was keen to get back in the ring after the bout, calling out Nate Diaz and Canelo Alvarez.
He said: ‘This is just the start. I want Nate Diaz. Canelo [Alvarez], you too.
‘You guys said, ‘You can’t beat a striker, you can’t beat a legend like Anderson Silva.’ I just did it. So why can’t I beat Canelo?’
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