Paul meets Silva in the headliner of a Showtime pay-per-view event Oct. 29 at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Ariz. Silva, a former UFC middleweight champion, is 47, but the elite striker is expected to be Paul’s toughest test to date.
Since returning to boxing in 2021, Silva defeated former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and knocked out former UFC light heavyweight champ Ortiz, who sees Silva making quick work of Paul.
“I know he’s coming up on a fight now against Jake Paul,” Ortiz said on Paddy Pimblett’s “Chattin Pony Podcast.” “I don’t think Jake Paul’s going to make it out of three rounds, and that’s my opinion, but I think it’s going to be a great fight, because I know Jake Paul puts in great work.”
Paul often has been criticized by the likes of Floyd Mayweather for fighting MMA guys like Ben Askren and Tyron Woodley, who are past their primes, but Ortiz thinks the YouTube star would be gravely mistaken to think Silva’s age is reflective of his ability.
“Jake Paul thinks him being 47 is going to make a difference? He’s gonna be in for a rude awakening,” Ortiz added. “One thing about Anderson, he takes this sport very seriously. He takes it as a martial arts.”