Anderson Silva’s coach respects Jake Paul, but says he’s biting off more than he can chew: ‘He will definitely be tested’


Will Anderson Silva ruin Jake Paul’s perfect boxing record on Saturday? Luiz Carlos Dorea is confident that “The Spider” will win despite his respect for Paul’s skills.

Speaking on this week’s episode of MMA Fighting’s Trocacao Franca, Dorea said Paul is building his career like any other “champion” in boxing, but is biting off more than he can chew by accepting a match with an MMA legend like Silva, a man who demolished a long list of stars on the feet during his reign as UFC middleweight champion.

Paul is 5-0 as a professional boxer in his short career, which already includes three wins over UFC veterans, wrestling-based Ben Askren and Tyron Woodley (twice).

“He’s doing his job right, climbing step by step, but I think this step really is too much for him,” Dorea said. “If he sees himself ready to face Anderson, we’re working hard to face a young and strong athlete. But, yes, he will have a striking specialist in front of him now. We’ve seen Jake Paul punching, he has power in his hands, but we haven’t seen him getting punched. He will [be punched] against Anderson. He will be .”


” We expect an amazing win for Anderson,” continued he. “[Paul] is fighting a real striker now, a legend in striking, a specialist in boxing and Muay Thai. I’ve been working with Anderson for almost 20 years and we’ve always worked for MMA fights, and it’s way easier now. He already moves like a boxer. Boxing is easy for him .

Dorea believes that having professional fighters facing YouTubers is the “new normal” in boxing, and expects the trend to help the sport grow. Paul is a popular figure for the young generation online, but Dorea predicts a stoppage.

“I always say that the knockout is consequence of good punches,” Dorea said. Anderson uses good punches to get the knockout. Anderson has fought in only five rounds over his career, and he is well prepared for the eight-minute rounds. It is important to slowly glow. To land, hurt, and pressure the opponent. Anderson is in incredible shape and well-prepared mentally, physically, and technically. Time is on our side here.

“I believe Anderson will get the knockout. Although I do not know the round that Anderson will win, this is my plan. We haven’t seen Jake Paul getting punched yet. I believe this fight has everything to [end by] knockout.”

“The Spider” turns years of age in April, but has looked incredible in his boxing wins over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Tito Ortiz after a disappointing end to his UFC career in 2020. Dorea, who said Silva has mentioned a desire to retire at age 49, dreams with a “historic” exhibition between Silva and Floyd Mayweather.

Dorea says, however, that Silva’s knockout power could make it more “difficult” for Mayweather to step up.

“Anderson does not fight for money, but adrenaline and his love of the sport is what motivate him,” he stated. He has been living in this world many years. I think everything is possible. Although we don’t know the future, I believe that good things are on their way. Our first objective is to face Jake Paul. He will likely be fighting Floyd Mayweather, another legendary fighter. Anderson doesn’t have anything left to prove, just like Mayweather. It would be amazing. It would be incredible to see the greatest [in MMA] and greatest .”

boxer in history.