Anderson Silva-Jake Paul wager includes a kickboxing match.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Jake Paul and Anderson Silva agreed to an unusual wager two days before their boxing match.
At the prefight news conference on Thursday, Paul proposed to Silva that if Silva wins, he will fight him again in a kickboxing match. Paul initially proposed MMA, but Silva stated that he no longer competes in MMA. If Paul wins, Paul has stated that Silva must assist him in establishing a UFC fighters' association.
Silva agreed if all MMA fighters were included, and the two stood up, met in the middle of the stage, and shook hands on the bet.
"If I win, me and you will form a united fighters' association to help UFC fighters get better pay and health care," Paul stated. "You are appointed as acting president. We have come together to help these fighters once and for all."
The MMA Fighters Association (MMAFA), which has worked on an antitrust lawsuit against the UFC and getting boxing's Ali Act protections extended to MMA, already has a similar organization.
Paul and Silva will square off at Desert Diamond Arena on Saturday. The fight, like the bet, is out of the ordinary. Paul, 25, is a YouTube sensation who has developed into a bankable boxing star after going 5-0 with four knockouts. Three of his wins have come over UFC veterans.
Meanwhile, Silva, a former UFC middleweight champion and one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time, is 47 years old. He is only 2-1 as a professional boxer, but he defeated former world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
Because of Silva's status as one of the all-time greats in MMA, Paul stated that he wants him to be a part of a fighters' association. Over the years, Paul has frequently discussed MMA fighter pay and the importance of health care.
"The fighters need to band together, and Anderson is the ideal candidate," Paul explained. "He is everyone's idol, every fighter's idol. As a result, he would be a very powerful figure. This type of thing is unavoidable for fighters."
Betting has been involved in several of Paul's fights. When Paul defeated Tyron Woodley in August 2021, Woodley lost a bet that required him to get Paul's name tattooed somewhere on his body. Woodley chose his left hand's middle finger.
Paul expressed surprise that Silva agreed to the deal so quickly. He said he's even more motivated now because he wants to form a fighters' association and doesn't want to fight Silva in a kickboxing match where Silva would have a significant advantage. The fight on Saturday has very close odds, with Paul a very slight favorite.
"It's not going to be just a couple fighters who can pull this off," Paul said of a fighters' association, which he hopes to eventually extend to boxers as well. "But isn't he a legend? He is widely regarded as one of the most respected people in history. That is significant. I believe that many fighters dislike me, so they may not listen to me. As a result, I require assistance in completing this task."