Anderson Silva Claims He Was KO’d Twice In Sparring; Jake Paul Fight In Jeopardy?

Rio de Janeiro - Brazil, May 7, 2019, interview with UFC fighter, Anderson Silva

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Could Jake Paul vs. Anderson Silva be in trouble?

There is some concern that the fight could be in jeopardy after the former UFC champion claimed he was knocked out twice during a sparring session ahead of Saturday night’s pay-per-view in Phoenix.

The 47-year-old Silva made the claims in a video shared by MMA Weekly.

“I’m training hard for the win,” Silva said. “I’m training with the good boxers, high-level, and five guys come to help me. “And the last sparring with [my partner], he knocked me out two times, and when I finish my training, I talked to my coach and even said, ‘Coach, let me tell you something, why the guys knock me out two times?’ And the coach said, ‘You need to prepare for war, and you prepare for war.'”

Silva’s coach Luiz Carlos Dorea denied that Silva was knocked out.

Because of Silva’s age, he faces steeper testing to be cleared for the fight and the Arizona Department of Gaming could require the timeline of his latest knockouts and how long he was unconscious, according to TMZ Sports.

The Arizona Department of Gaming told MMA Fighting they are “looking into the matter.”

Paul has faced plenty of bad luck leading up to the fight with Silva, after his fight with Tommy Fury was canceled when Fury was denied entrance into the United States due to visa issues and his replacement Hasim Rahman Jr. was forced to withdraw due to weight issues.

The 25-year-old Paul is 5-0 with four wins by knockout. In his last bout, Paul secured a brutal knockout victory over former UFC champion Tyron Woodley.

Silva’s accolades speak for themselves. The MMA legend is arguably the greatest to ever step inside the Octagon and holds a 3-1 overall boxing record since his first bout in 1998. Silva only recently became active in the boxing realm, notching two victories in 2021 over Tito Ortiz and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Silva will have his hands full taking on the younger Paul, who doesn’t lack confidence.

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