One week ago, YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul scored the biggest win of his young fighting career by beating former UFC champion and one of the greatest MMA fighters to ever step into the cage, Anderson Silva.
Sure, Silva is 47-years-old now, and Paul wasn’t able to stop him like his previous opponents—winning this bout via unanimous decision instead. But that hasn’t stopped some skeptics from accusing the bout of being fixed.
Mainly, this argument stems from Paul’s final-round knockdown of Silva, which some are claiming was the result of a “phantom punch.”
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That last video does raise some questions, but MMA expert Joe Rogan had an explanation, as well as some other words for anyone who thinks the fight was rigged.
“Some people are trying to say that fight was fixed because of the knockdown,” Rogan said on his Joe Rogan Experience podcast. “I just want to explain to people this is what happened … Anderson moved forward to Jake Paul and Jake Paul hit him with a sort of a stepping jab and caught him right on the chin. And when he caught him on the chin, Anderson Silva was falling backwards and then he leans away from the right hand and he goes down. He was down from the punch, but it looks like the right hand doesn’t connect, but the left hand is what f***** him up.
“That dude hits f****** hard and for anybody to say he doesn’t hit hard because he’s a YouTube Star — if this guy was not a f****** YouTube star and he was some dude who went out there and flatlined Tyron Woodley with one punch and just knocked down Anderson Silva in the f****** eighth round … Come on, son. That is legit as f***. Anybody that says that’s not legitimate is crazy. He cracked him.”
Being part of the UFC, you’d think if Rogan had any bias, it would be towards the former UFC champ. So to hear him backing Jake Paul should silence at least some of the doubters for now.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.