This weekend, a twenty-five-year-old social media star beat a forty-seven-year-old MMA legend in boxing, and a former Ultimate Fighter underdog had the UFC performance of the night. The combat world is poppin’ lately and I am living my absolute best life keeping up with all the craziness. Here are the stories that caught my eye this past week, and what to look for in the week ahead.
Jake Paul remains undefeated after defeating Anderson Silva
Jake Paul, the YouTuber-turned-boxer that everyone loves to hate, proved me right yet again when he beat former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva by unanimous decision Saturday night. This was a solid fight with two evenly matched fighters, as Paul’s lack of experience was evened out by Silva’s age. However, it’s time for Jake Paul to step his game up and fight an actual career boxer if he wants us to continue to take him seriously.
Win or lose, Jake Paul should be taken seriously. He's getting better with every fight.
— Andreas Hale (@AndreasHale) October 30, 2022
Tresean Gore’s crazy guillotine choke at UFC Vegas 63
Tresean Gore, a season 29 Ultimate Fighter runner-up, notched his first octagon win with a guillotine submission finish at UFC Fight Night 213. Not only did he win, but he also secured a $50,000 performance bonus for this spectacular moment.
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) October 29, 2022
In the post-fight press conference he told reporters: “I feel like I belong at the top. I feel like I’m elite in certain areas, but I just gotta improve. I gotta get better.” I believe him and look forward to seeing what he does after this. I also hope his opponent Josh Fremd is okay, for real though. That choke submission was nasty–I could feel my own head popping off!
What to watch this week:
Boxing: WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol defends his title against his mandatory Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez in Abu Dhabi at their long-awaited fight on Saturday, November 5th. Watch live at 1:30 pm ET on DAZN.
— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) November 1, 2022
UFC: Also on Saturday we have a strawweight women’s main event between Marina Rodriguez and Amanda Lemos at UFC Fight Night 214, which will take place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. Watch live at 7 pm ET on ESPN+