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Fan claims to have spotted 'proof' Jake Paul vs Anderson Silva was 'rigged'

Josh Lawless

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Fan claims to have spotted 'proof' Jake Paul vs Anderson Silva was 'rigged'

A fan has posted footage which they claim proves Jake Paul's fight with Anderson Silva was "rigged".

Paul took on the UFC's longest-reigning champion in an eight-round contest in Glendale, Arizona on Saturday night and moved to 6-0 in his professional career.

The Problem Child picked up the victory via unanimous decision, with all three judges giving him the win on the scorecards.

That was despite an impressive showing from 47-year-old Silva, who produced a fair bit of showboating and caught Paul with some heavy uppercuts.

Paul scored a big knockdown in the final round when his signature right hand clocked Silva and sent him to the canvas for the second time in his boxing career.

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The gap had opened up from the clinch and Paul connected in a huge way. However, some are not having it and believe the knockdown was staged.

A slow-motion six second video from the fight has gone viral on TikTok and had the caption, 'And people still think these aren't rigged'.

The fan took issue with the way in which Silva fell to the ground, with this particular angle looking a little suspect and prompting a strong reaction.

One fan commented: "Logan Paul's WWE matches are more real than Jake Paul's boxing fight."

Another said: "I watched this live yesterday. it was so obvious it was ridiculous. Silva had so many chances to punch and just played around. he got paid to lose."

A third added: "Thanks Silva for exposing this joke while making bank nicely done."

A fourth weighed in: "What I’ve been saying. So obvious when they showed the replay during the fight. Unreal."

Paul has had to deal with the same criticisms since he became a household name in boxing, with some claiming the Tyron Woodley knockout was fixed back in December.

Image: Alamy
Image: Alamy

Woodley emphatically denied that was the case, with Silva explaining how he came to be knocked down.

“I failed in the strategy, and the last round, Jake [made] the good punch, and my base was not correct,” the Spider said.

And that’s when I took the punch, but I didn’t feel knocked out. I don’t feel power, but I wasn’t in good balance, and that’s when I took the punch."

After the fight, Paul called out both Nate Diaz and Canelo Alvarez - rinsing the former after he was reportedly involved in an altercation with a member of his team in the hallway of the Desert Diamond Arena.

Featured Image Credit: TikTok & Showtime Boxing

Topics: Jake Paul, Anderson Silva, Boxing, UFC

Josh Lawless
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