Jake Paul ‘wasting our time’ challenging Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz but should face Anderson Silva, says Chris Weidman

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UFC legend Chris Weidman wants to see Jake Paul take on Brazilian MMA icon Anderson Silva.

Speaking on his What’s Not Back Down podcast, the former middleweight champion believes Paul is wasting his time, calling on Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal to feud because of their UFC contracts.

Jake Paul has been told to stop wasting the time of contracted UFC fighters

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Jake Paul has been told to stop wasting the time of contracted UFC fighterscredit: Twitter@jakepaul
Anderson would be a perfect rival for Silva Paul, according to UFC legend Chris Weidman

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Anderson would be a perfect rival for Silva Paul, according to UFC legend Chris Weidmancredit: getty

Instead, Weidman believes the YouTuber would be better off targeting his sights at Silva, which was released last year by Dana White.

Weidman said: “I would love to see him fight Anderson Silva.

“He’s calling out all these fighters with UFC contracts. I don’t think he really is — none of them are really going to be there at this point.

“The UFC has to go behind it almost like a Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather type match.

“But unless you’re coming in at $500 million in a fight like Mayweather and Conor McGregor, the UFC isn’t doing it because they want to split it.

“They’ll split it, but if it’s not that type of money, they’re not doing it. So (we’re) wasting our time, even (Nate) Diaz, (George) Talking about Masvidal and (Kamaru) Usman.”


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Paul has had an exchange of anger with Masvidal over the past few weeks.

Appearing on his brother Logan’s podcast Impulsive, Paul made his proposal to Gamebread.

Paul said: “Masvidal is like, ‘I fight only the best people or I fight for money, and you’re not one of them’.

“Masvidal, I have an offer for you right now: a $5m guarantee, plus a percentage of the pay-per-view.

“It’s the most you’ll ever make in a fight. So now you can’t say, ‘I either fight with the best, or I fight for money.’

“Let’s do it.”

But Masvidal immediately turned down the offer, once telling his enemy he would put him in a wheelchair.

“UFC won’t let me go for a big change,” he wrote on social media.

“Make that 20 Guaranteed Plus PPV and I’m sure the UFC will be fine with it as long as I break down their fees and then I’ll happily smash your face.

“If the UFC still says no because the money is still too low then come to the UFC, sign a one-fight deal and we can determine that I can only box in the cage.

“If I do anything other than that I’ll confiscate my purse for you. Come and pay and be out.”

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