Furious boxing fans claim Jake Paul’s win over Anderson Silva was ‘RIGGED’ as slow-mo footage from their fight shows the UFC legend fall to the canvas after a weak jab to the face
- Boxing fans have suggested Jake Paul’s win over Anderson Silva was staged
- Paul beat the UFC legend via unanimous decision in the early hours of Sunday
- New TikTok footage shows Silva bizarrely hitting the canvas in the last round
- Silva insisted his poor balance was what caused him fall after a successful jab
Fans have argued that Jake Paul’s unanimous decision victory over Anderson Silva was fixed.
Paul beat the UFC legend on Sunday morning after the two fought to the end of the eight-round bout, with all three judges adjudging the 25-year-old the winner on their scorecards.
Via Sport Bible, however, several fans have suggested Paul’s final round knockdown of Silva was staged, with particular reference to the way the Brazilian fell to the ground after he was caught.
Boxing fans have accused Jake Paul’s victory over Anderson Silva on Sunday of being staged
TikTok footage of Paul’s eighth-round knockdown shows Silva awkwardly falling to the canvas
Footage shared by @bigalcasey and @aintekhar on TikTok showed the knockdown from one specific angle which appears to show Silva keeping his balance after he is struck by a right hand from Paul.
The jab seems tame, but Silva eventually hit the deck for just the second time in his professional boxing career as Paul moved onto 6-0.
The video, in which the referee seems unconcerned, is captioned: ‘And people still think these aren’t rigged’, with many boxing fans still skeptical of whether Paul is paying off his opponents as he continues his impressive start to his career.
Several more fans claimed Silva himself missed many clear-cut opportunities to hurt Paul in the fight.
Many have suggested Paul’s most recent fight before the Silva bout, a rematch against Tyron Woodley, was also staged.
Silva defended his opponent after the fight, suggesting the knockdown was due to his poor balance.
Silva (right) blamed the knockdown on his poor balance rather than the fight being staged
Paul called out Canelo Alvarez (left) and Nate Diaz (right) following his victory in Arizona
He said: ‘I failed in the strategy, and the last round, Jake (made) the good punch, and my base was not correct.
‘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 his victory, Paul called out boxing star Canelo Alvarez and UFC legend Nate Diaz, who was reportedly involved in an altercation with a member of Paul’s team at the fight.