Jake Paul opens as a big betting favorite over Nate Diaz after defeating Anderson Silva


Jake Paul has opened as a big betting favorite over Nate Diaz after defeating Anderson Silva

Jake Paul silenced his doubters and made the best out of the biggest test of his boxing venture when he defeated MMA legend Anderson Silva by unanimous decision. ‘The Problem Child’ took his undefeated boxing record to 6-0 and called out the most sought-after free agent in the combat sports world Nate Diaz for a future fight. He also named top pugilist Canelo Alvarez as a viable option.

Jake Paul and Nate Diaz
Jake Paul and Nate Diaz

Paul started the fight against Anderson Silva strongly, while the Brazilian took time to read his opponent as he often does in the initial rounds of his fight. ‘Spider’ picked up the pace in the second round and pushed the pace to close the distance. He backed the American and landed crisp combinations while also trying to force him into a firefight.

The YouTuber-turned-pugilist somehow found his rhythm and maintained composure in the subsequent rounds. He invested in the bodywork and hit Silva with some thudding shots to the breadbasket. Silva on his part continued to stay on the outside and charged in with a flurry of attacks. Brief sequences from the UFC’s longest reigning champion was treat for the fight fans who’ve witnessed the former UFC middleweight champion produce fireworks inside the octagon.

The biggest moment of the fight came inside the eighth and final round when Paul landed a quick combination that ended with an overhand right that landed flush on Silva. The Brazilian immediately hit the canvas, but stood up before the count. In the end, the judges scored the contest in favor of Jake Paul.

Paul took the opportunity to call out Nate Diaz and Canelo Alvarez in his post-fight interview with Ariel Helwani:

“I want Nate Diaz, he’s a b**ch. He tried to come into my locker room and cause some s*** then he always leaves the f****ng arena so Nate Diaz, stop being a b**** and fight me. Canelo, you too. You guys said you can’t beat a striker and a legend like Anderson Silva, I just did it. So, why can’t I beat Canelo? F*** y’all.”

Opening odds for Jake Paul vs. Nate Diaz

The oddsmakers were quick to jump in on the idea of the potential fight and compute the opening stakes. Nate Diaz successfully fought out his UFC contract when he defeated Tony Ferguson at UFC 279 via submission. Although he hasn’t given out exact details of his future plans, a fight against Paul seems to be on the horizon.

Initially, Diaz opened as a -200 betting favorite, with Paul a slight underdog at +150. That odds have taken a flip turn, with Paul now being heavily favored over Diaz. Jake is now listed as a sizable -260 betting favorite, and a $100 bet his way stands to make a profit of $ 38.46. Diaz has now fallen deep into underdog territory at +200, so dropping a $100 on Nate could possibly payout $300 altogether.

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