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Jake Paul and Anderson Silva Will Team Up After Bet

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A bet is a bet! The MMA and Boxing world reacted to the results of Jake Paul getting the unanimous decision victory after going eight rounds with Mixed Martial Arts legend Anderson Silva.

Sure, the debate continues on whether or not Jake Paul is legit and the MMA and Boxing community could debate and argue until they are blue in the face, but with the fight all said and done an interesting story has now emerged. Anderson Silva now has to own up to his side of the bet which will see him work alongside Jake Paul to set up a fighters’ union and help improve conditions for MMA fighters, money-wise. If Jake Paul had lost, he would have got a rematch with Anderson but in kickboxing.

No Stranger to Making Bets

Now, Jake Paul is no stranger to making bets with his adversaries, as he made a permanent one with Tyron Woodley prior to their first bout in 2021 where the loser would get a tattoo. Unfortunately for Tyron, he was the one that had to get “I love Jake Paul” tatted on him. It seems Jake Paul has matured when it came to making a bet with his opponent as it was clear that he was looking for a platform to get something going for fighters that are underpaid.

Will it work?

Alongside Anderson Silva and how passionate Jake Paul is about fighter pay, it seems like this could be something special for the fighters who risk it all every fight night, only to walk away with more injuries than cash. This isn’t the first time a fighter union was discussed with former head of Bellator Bjorn Rebney and some big names like GSP, Cain Velasquez, T.J. Dillashaw and Donald Cerrone – and it was a major flop. Who knows why that never took off, as it simply just disappeared and became a failed MMA project buried so deep, never to be spoken of again.

Now Jake Paul has had a very public rivalry with UFC president Dana White and Jake has been very vocal about how Dana does not look after his fighters financially. Who knows if this is just a gimmick to gain credibility within the MMA community, but surely by adding the superstar name of Anderson Silva to his cause he can gain some respect and get the ball rolling in the right direction for fair fighter pay.

If this Jake Paul project advocating for fair fighter pay can gain momentum with Jake’s aspirations of being one of the great boxers, it’s hard to say when he will have time to get this going but he seems passionate about it, so maybe in the near future.

Whether you love or hate Jake Paul, it certainly is nice to see someone trying to advocate for the fighters. It seems that in 2022 there shouldn’t be a discussion about fair compensation for these warriors – there should be some kind of standard across the board between boxing and MMA, with many more people advocating for these men and women who step inside the cage.

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Justin Gibbons has had love for MMA and combat sports since UFC 40: Vendetta. To him, mixed martial arts is a true test of someone’s will and drive to be the best, inside and out of the cage. He knows as fans we are lucky to witness these athletes (amateur or pro) because we get to see the hard work and commitment, the drive, and the heart that goes into it. Justin feels he is lucky to be able to do his part by interacting with fans and by getting a chance to tell the fighters’ stories and let the world know who they are.