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Floyd Mayweather (left) and Jake Paul clash at a media engagement in Miami Gardens, Florida. Photo: AFP

Rashad Evans thinks Anderson Silva will ‘bury’ Logan Paul, but praises brother Jake – ‘he can really fight’

  • ‘People I know that have trained with [Jake Paul], they said he can scrap,’ says UFC Hall of famer
  • Evans thinks rejuvenated former UFC champ Silva will be too much for Logan Paul to handle now the American is ‘fighting someone his size’

Despite purists praying for their downfall, Jake and Logan Paul have taken the combat sports world by storm, the brothers from Ohio turning themselves from YouTube sensations to boxing’s elephants in the room.

While Logan Paul lasted all eight rounds with Floyd Mayweather Jnr – whom many consider the greatest boxer of all time – in an exhibition match in June, Jake Paul extended his undefeated professional record by knocking out Nate Robinson and Ben Askren with relative ease in his last two outings.

The critics have not held back, but former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans sees at least one of the siblings having continue success inside the squared circle.

“Logan is pretty decent but I’m kinda like … I think Jake can really fight, man,” Evans told SCMP MMA. “And one thing I like about Jake is he kinda has that fighter’s mentality a little bit.

“He’s a Disney kid. He’s kinda always joking and clowning around. But he’s got a dog in him, and I like that about him.”

“The Problem Child” is preparing to face the biggest challenge of his young career in former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley on August 29 at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, Ohio.

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And Evans praised 24-year-old Jake Paul for his development as a student of The Sweet Science.

“Not only does he have a little bit of dog in him, but he’s got a bite, too,” the UFC Hall of Famer said. “He’s got some pretty nice, clean one’s and two’s. And people that I know that have trained with him, they said he can scrap a little bit too. So I think he’s the better of the Paul brothers.”

Logan Paul also has a former UFC champion in his sights, with negotiations intensifying with Anderson Silva. Although the oddsmakers made “The Spider” the underdog when betting lines were initially released, Evans is not reading into them too much.

Floyd Mayweather throws a punch at Logan Paul during their exhibition match at Hard Rock Stadium. Photo: AP

“If I’m just judging from what I seen last time from Anderson Silva when he fought [Julio Cesar] Chavez, he’s gonna bury this dude,” Evans said.

“He was the old Anderson Silva. The one that was feeling himself, the one that was moving. The Anderson Silva we fell in love with. The one who brings his spirit and the antics into the cage which is just as hard to match as his athletic talent, as his skills. When he’s that Anderson Silva, he’s one of the hardest guys in the world to beat.

“I definitely don’t think that Logan Paul has that grit to beat him like that. Especially somebody who’s a big guy too. Logan looked pretty decent when he fought Floyd Mayweather but he’s massive compared to Floyd. I don’t want to throw too much shade but he’s not fighting someone his size. And with Anderson, he’s gonna be fighting someone his size.”