Anderson Silva says he and Jake Paul ‘can do something huge’ to help new generation of fighters

The rumored bet between Jake Paul and Anderson Silva, in which Silva agreed to help Paul form a fighters’ union if he lost Saturday’s boxing match with the Youtube star, appears to have been more than smoke and mirrors.

Following Saturday’s card, Silva, who lost by unanimous decision despite giving Paul the best fight of his young career, confirmed his commitment to starting a fighter alliance with the social media standout.

Just don’t call it the “UFC alliance.”

“This is not a UFC alliance, this is an alliance for health and doing something better for MMA fighters,” Silva said after the fight, speaking to media outlets including Cageside Press. “I think Jake and I can do something huge to help this new generation.”

Paul has long spoken out about leading a union movement, specifically targeting UFC president Dana White with allegations that he fails to adequately pay fighters. He went so far as to criticize White in a music video earlier this year that featured cameos by Cris Cyborg and Antonio McKee, notable fighters from the UFC’s past (and in Cyborg’s case, a former champion).

With Silva on board, though, maybe something will finally start to take shape.

As for the legendary “Spider,” at 47, Silva isn’t done yet. “I can’t stop,” he said, translating himself, after being asked if he would continue his combat sports career by Portuguese-language media. “They asked me if I was stopping or not, I can’t stop.”

“Yes, for sure,” he added, cementing his resolve to keep fighting.

Silva admitted that on Saturday, “I failed in the strategy. Last round, Jake [landed] the good shot. My base wasn’t right, that’s what my coach said. My footing wasn’t right and so I took the hit. But I didn’t feel knocked out. I felt no power. But I wasn’t in good balance and so I took the hit.”

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It’s something that has happened before, which seems to have left Silva with a sense of disbelief. “Of course, I have more experience and I’ve done this a lot, and it happened to me again, once again,” he said. The last time it happened? His fight against Uriah Hall, which turned out to be his last fight in the UFC. “I fell twice in this situation.”

Watch Paul vs. Silva’s full post-fight press conference with Anderson Silva above.

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