YouTuber turned boxer Jake Paul took on UFC legend Anderson Silva in a boxing match in October 2022 at the Desert Diamond Arena in Arizona. Both of them had some experience in boxing before this much-anticipated bout. While Paul was undefeated in his five appearances inside the boxing ring, Silva had a record of 3-1 in pro boxing.
The former UFC middleweight champion managed to hurt Paul after some good combinations and put the YouTuber in bad positions frequently. However, Jake Paul’s punches were definitely stronger, and the power was clearly visible when he got Silva’s nose all bloodied up with a big right hand.
— Dan Canobbio (@DanCanobbio) October 30, 2022
He also gathered some points and surprised the fans by knocking the MMA veteran down in the eighth round. Although Anderson Silva managed to get up and then also landed some combinations, the knockdown was for sure the turning point of the fight. Paul was declared the winner by unanimous decision.
Judge Paul Calderon scored the bout 77-74, while judges Dennis O’Connell and Chris Wilson scored the fight 78-73, all in favor of the younger Paul brother. The 14,430 people in attendance at Desert Diamond Arena were comprised of mostly Silva fans, and this is evident by their loud boos of disappointment when the scorecards were revealed.
Jake Paul vs. Anderson Silva PPV buys and fight purse
When the fight between Jake Paul and Anderson Silva was announced, it got mixed reactions, as the YouTuber turned boxer was going to fight a 47-year-old retired MMA star who had very little experience in boxing. This was not sensible, according to some fans, as far as Jake Paul’s flourishing boxing career was concerned.
The above argument did affect the sales, as Jake Paul himself accepted that the PPV buys for the fight were between 200,000 and 300,000. The influencer was not at all satisfied by the sales and called them ‘upsetting’. The PPV for the Paul vs. Silva fight was priced at $59.99.
Coming to the purse, as per Total Sportal, Jake Paul had a confirmed purse of $1.5 million and took home 65% of the PPV share, which amounted to about $3.5 million. So, reportedly, his total earnings are expected to be around $5 million. Anderson Silva, on the other hand, took home a total of $1.5 million, including the PPV share.
After the fight, Jake Paul called out former UFC fighter Nate Diaz and boxing champion Canelo Alvarez. While boxing fans found it funny when Paul challenged Alvarez, a champion pro boxer, his fight with Nate Diaz did materialize. The two are set lock horns in a 10-round boxing contest on August 5 in Dallas, Texas.