Former UFC Champion Chris Weidman believes Paul should avoid fights with Fury and Chavez Jr to instead pursue a fight with Anderson Silva who is now a free agent
Jake Paul has been asked to continue a fight with UFC legend Anderson Silva in future tests against Tommy Fury and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
The YouTube star is on the hunt for his next opponent in the ring after brutally firing Tyron Woodley with a vicious knockout in their rematch.
He made offers to Fury and Chavez Jr in addition to calling UFC stars Conor McGregor and Jorge Masvidal.
Former UFC middleweight Chris Weidman believes Paul should focus on a professional fight with Silva along with other stars of the promotion who likely won’t leave without a stellar paycheck.
“He calls out guys shorter than him,” Weidman told the Won’t Back Down podcast. “Anderson Silva is not [under a UFC] contract, he’s a professional boxer, he looks great.
“He just beat a former world champion boxer [Chavez Jr,] and they are roughly the same size. Why don’t we hear him calling Anderson Silva? I would like to see that.
“I’d love to see him fight Anderson Silva. He’s calling all of these fighters with UFC contracts, and none of those are really going to happen at this point.
“The UFC should be backing that – kind of a Conor McGregor-type match against Floyd Mayweather – and unless you take out $ 500 million like the Mayweather and Conor McGregor fights did, the UFC doesn’t, as they would like to divide it.
“If it’s not that kind of money they don’t, then we’re wasting our time talking about Diaz, Masvidal, Usman, it’s just a waste of time, but that’s how he amplifies himself and pretends to be him I will fight anyone.
Silva is said to have struck a deal to face Paul’s brother Logan in an exhibition bout earlier this year in the Middle East.
However, a deal fell apart with the Brazilian explaining how negotiations got tricky after Paul’s fight with Floyd Mayweather.
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The UFC legend kicked off a successful boxing career by beating Paul’s potential opponent, Chavez Jr, in addition to a resounding victory from Tito Ortiz.
Paul is not yet ready to commit to rescheduling a fight with UK star Fury after stepping out of their scheduled reunion with late notice.
This could open the door for a potential fight with Silva which should again generate huge interest in his sixth professional fight.
However, the 24-year-old has admitted that Silva will be required to undergo testing before a deal is reached due to the age gap between the two.
“I think it would be a huge fight, for sure, he’s a legend in the sport, a big head movement, a big strike. For me, I would love that, I only have respect for Anderson “Paul previously told The MMA Hour.
“I watched him grow up and I was a fan of him. So that would be cool to go in there and see what would happen.
“However, there is a side like that. He’s 46 or 47, so I would like him to go through a lot of tests to make sure he’s really good to get in the ring.”