MMA Fighting has Jake Paul vs. Anderson Silva live round-by-round updates for one of the most anticipated boxing fights of the year which takes place Saturday night at the Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Ariz.
The main event is expected to begin around 11:30 p.m. ET on FITE TV pay-per-view. Check out our Paul vs. Silva results page to find out what happened on the undercard.
Jake Paul (5-0) will compete in his sixth professional fight. He has knocked out four of his five career opponents, including Tyron Woodley in the sixth round this past December in his last outing.
Anderson Silva (3-1) has won three straight boxing fights, putting away Tito Ortiz in the first round in Sept. 2021 in his last appearance. Silva is a former UFC middleweight champion and posted a 34-11 record with one no-contest in MMA.
Check out Jake Paul vs. Anderson Silva main event live blog below.
Jake Paul and Anderson Silva up next.
The main event is just around the corner as Paul and Silva prepare to make the walk to the ring.
Anderson Silva out first.
Here comes Jake Paul. A fair amount of boos coming through on the broadcast.
Definitely a pro-Silva crowd. Huge roar of applause and cheers as he’s introduced. More boos for Paul when it’s his turn.
Round 1: Paul stepping forward, flashing his jab, Silva keeping his distance. A minute in and Silva has essentially thrown nothing. Not much from Paul either though. Right hand to the body scores for Paul. Paul starting to throw heavy, but Silva defends. Paul on the offensive, but he’s showing Silva a lot of respect. Counter left scores for Silva. They end with some clinching. Not much to score, likely a Paul round.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Paul.
Round 2: Paul keeping that jab out to keep Silva away. Silva misses on a lunging left hand. He’s already much busier than he was in Round 1. Right hand, uppercut for Silva. Paul not afraid to fire back, but Silva slips a few big punches. Silva also looking a little wild. He’s starting to talk and smoothly circle around the ring. Paul just misses with a big right hand. Silva with that one-of-a-kind head and body movement. Right hand scores for Silva. Silva shrugs off a Paul right. Silva goofing off as Paul gives him a few short shots in the clinch.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Silva. Overall, 19-19.
Round 3: Silva starting to utilize the jab, really for the first time in this fight. Paul goes to the body, then again. Silva aggressive and Paul goes to clinch. Paul with a jab. Silva chases Paul off with a right hand. Paul 1-2 to the body. Silva still marching forward. Left hand catches Paul. Quick counter left from Paul. Paul slips in a right uppercut. Silva’s hands are low and some of these punches are getting through. Paul with a flurry of quick shots and Paul grabs his arm to clinch up. Big miss by Paul, Silva punches the body.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Paul. Overall, 29-28 Paul.
Round 4: Paul with a quick rush, Silva backs him up with a right. Silva ducks a left hook. A “Silva” chant starts up. Paul goes to the body. He’s circling well. A right hand from Paul is answered by a Silva flurry. Paul’s jab is consistently landing now. Silva doubles up on a jab. Paul goes body-body-head, Silva answers with a couple of good rib shots.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Paul. Overall, 39-37 Paul.
Round 5: Paul comes out aggressive, he’s connecting with body shots. Silva scores with a clean jab. Silva corners Paul and lands with short punches and body shots. Paul buying himself time with the clinch. Silva with a left down the middle. Paul goes back to the jab. Uppercut by Silva. He lands two more as Paul tries to clinch with him. Paul hits the body. Silva looking to time something. Two shots to the body by Silva. Two more uppercuts from “The Spider.” That’s a Silva round.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Silva. Overall, 48-47 Paul.
Round 6: Paul follows a left hook with a good right to the body. Silva staying at the edge of Paul’s jab. Paul misses on a haymaker, but his follow-up left lands. Silva with lots of feints and movement, but not much offense in this round. Three-punch combo by Paul is a good one. Silva answers with a left hand. Referee has to warn Silva about some dirty boxing. Silva throws heavy to the body. Paul with a left hook. They exchange jabs. Paul misses with another haymaker, they’re brawling at the bell. Tough round to score.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Paul. Overall, 58-56 Paul.
Round 7: Paul still pushing the pace. Lunging right scores for Paul. Paul with a head-body combination. Silva misses with a looping right. He could be tiring? Paul to the body and then a big right hand connects. Good right hand by Silva. Paul’s right hand rips the body. Paul reaches out and tags Silva with a right. Silva to the body and Paul clinches to stop a Silva flurry.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Paul. Overall, 68-65 Paul.
Round 8: Silva comes out looking to bully Paul. He looks like he knows he might need a finish. Paul makes him pay with a right hand that scores a knockdown! Whoa! Silva up. Paul smells blood. He misses with a right, two minutes left for these men to work. Silva heavy to the body. Paul loading up that right hand. Silva jabs his way in, but Paul gets out of the way of the follow-up. Silva witha right across Paul’s jaw. Right hook by Silva. Paul initiates a clinch. Paul sticks a jab and lands a left. Silva marches forward as the bell sounds.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-8, Paul. Overall, 78-73 Paul.
Official result: Jake Paul def. Anderson Silva via unanimous decision (77-74, 78-73, 78-73)
Post-fight, Paul praised Silva.
“It’s a surreal moment,” Paul said. “Hard work pays off. I want to say first and foremost, thank you to Anderson. He was my idol growing up. He inspired me to be great. He was the first celebrity I ever met. Without him, we wouldn’t have had a fight this year. He’s a tough mofo, like, for real a legend. I have nothing but respect for him.”
Paul’s message for the haters: “They’re going to find something to say. ‘Fight a real boxer.’ B*****, I tried. If I were walking on water, people would say that I can’t swim, so there’s always going to be haters, there’s always going to be critics, it’s every day part of life if you’re doing something and being successful. So I don’t worry about that s***. Anderson’s just the start.
“I want Nate Diaz, who’s a b****. He tried to come into my locker room, he tried to cause some s*** and then he always leaves the f****** arena. So Nate Diaz, stop being a b**** and fight me. And Canelo, you too. You too, Canelo. 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? F*** y’all.”
Paul reminds Silva about their bet that Silva would team up with him to form a fighters’ union if Paul won.
Silva on his performance: “I worked hard to do a special show for everybody here. Thank you everyone for coming. That’s the game. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, but nothing changes in my life. I continue training hard because this is my air. I’m born for this and I need to say thank you to God for giving me this opportunity. ... Now I go back home and back to training and see the next challenge.”
“Jake is better than me today. I don’t have nothing to say bad about my opponent. I think everybody needs to respect this kid because he’s doing the best job. I trained hard, I am a warrior, and I know when a fight is hard. It’s a very hard fight for me today.”
Silva adds that he “absolutely” plans to keep fighting, with a jiu-jitsu tournament appearance already scheduled.