Many thought fight fans would never see it, but mixed-martial arts legend and former UFC champion Anderson Silva is lacing up the boxing gloves against YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul.
At top sportsbooks, Paul is the betting favorite in the Saturday night fight in Arizona, lengthening to -270 odds at Caesars Sportsbook as of Saturday morning. Silva is the +220 underdog at Caesars, according to the updated betting line.
Here, we break down the latest Paul vs. Silva odds and prop bets for this bout.
Paul (5-0) has become a sensation in the combat sports world after scoring knockouts over Tyron Woodley and Ben Askren, a couple of Silva’s fellow MMA colleagues.
Silva (3-1) in boxing, went undefeated in 2021 with back-to-back wins over Julio Caesar Chavez Jr. and Tito Ortiz.
Paul vs. Silva Betting Odds
Here is a sampling of the odds for Saturday night’s brawl. The best price we’re seeing on Paul on Saturday morning is -225 at BetMGM. Bettors should always shop around several sports betting apps for the best prices for their wagers.
BOXING · Sat (10/29) @ 11:00 pm ET
|Desert Diamond Arena, Glendale, AZ|
Anderson Silva Betting: How ‘The Spider’ Got Here
Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva had a legendary MMA career that included a 17-fight win streak before losing his UFC Middleweight title to Chris Weidman by knockout in 2013.
Silva, now 47, has faced and beaten the likes of Chael Sonnen, Vitor Belfort, Yushin Okami, Forrest Griffin, Dan Henderson, and Rich Franklin. For over a decade, the Spider was almost untouchable, and it’s why today he is considered one of MMA’s G.O.A.Ts.
He finished his MMA career with a 34-11 record that included 23 wins by knockout.
The Brazilian will attract the most eyes he’s seen in a few years, and Saturday’s bout will easily be the most attention he’s received in boxing.
Though his fight IQ and experience far exceed that of his opponent, it may be hard for the older fighter to score a finish against someone as young as Paul. Silva has to rely on his long reach and quick jab to pepper Paul for points.
Silva by decision or technical decision is tempting at around +600.
Jake Paul Betting: ‘The Problem Child’ Remains Undefeated
Paul, 25, is still undefeated in his early boxing career. He has turned heads in the combat sports community based on his name and former career on YouTube and Disney Channel alone. MMA fans love to hate him, and boxing fans simply just hate him.
Paul has been looking for a fight since his rematch with Woodley, but nothing had come through until the Silva deal was worked out. He was previously scheduled to fight Tommy Fury, but that fight fell apart due to travel issues with the Fury family.
The replacement was Hasim Rahman Jr., but he pulled out after weight-cut issues and the fight card was canceled.
So after trying to schedule two fights with professional boxers, Paul is back to his bread and butter and now the fight world is watching as he looks to take down another MMA star.
While Silva has the experience, Paul has shown fairly decent bodywork and toughness, his footwork was lacking in his past couple of bouts against Woodley. He will also need to be sure to bring a full gas tank against Silva, who will most likely have his cardio up to par on Saturday night if the fight heads to later rounds.
For those who favor Paul, taking him by decision at +170 seems like the safe play.
Paul vs. Silva Props
Sportsbooks and media are split on who will get their hand raised on Saturday night, but it seems most feel if the fight goes the distance, it’s Paul’s.
Silva, who has shown he still possesses some power with a knockout over fellow older fighter Ortiz last year, comes in at +250 by KO/TKO on DraftKings.
For those who believe in Paul’s right hand, +310 for Paul via KO/TKO on FanDuel could be a good option.
There are even more props bettors can take on Saturday for those looking to get in on the circus. Here are a handful that seem like good options to get in on before the first bell.
- Anderson Silva Moneyline: +155 (BetRivers)
- Anderson Silva to be knocked down: +120 (DraftKings)
- Fight To Go The Distance: +102 (FanDuel)
- Under 6.5 rounds: +115 (DraftKings)
- Alternative Under 4.5 rounds: +215 (DraftKings)
Paul vs. Silva Round Betting:
- Jake Paul to win in Round 1-2: +1600 (FanDuel)
- Jake Paul to win in Round 3-4: +1200
- Jake Paul to win in Round 5-6: +1200
- Jake Paul to win in Round 7-8: +1400
- Anderson Silva to win in Round 1-2: +1300
- Anderson Silva to win in Round 3-4: +950
- Anderson Silva to win in Round 5-6+ 1000
- Anderson Silva to win in Round 7-8: 1100
Jake Paul vs. Anderson Silva Prediction
Paul vs. Silva Betting: Tale of The Tape
- Age: 25
- Height: 6’1”
- Weight: 200 pounds
- Reach: 76 inches
- Record: 5-0
- Age: 47
- Height: 6’2”
- Weight: 185 lbs
- Reach: 77.5 inches
- Record: 3-1
Jake Paul vs Anderson Silva: Broadcast Schedule
- Date: Oct. 29, 2022
- Time: Main Event starts approx. 11 p.m. ET
- Where to Watch: Showtime PPV