Jake Paul pulled off a devastating knockout of Tyron Woodley in mid-December and immediately called out UFC BMF champion Jorge Masvidal and UFC legend Nate Diaz for one of them to be his next opponent.
I’ve KO’ed everyone I’ve fought. pic.twitter.com/Pz55uCIHc4— Jake Paul (@jakepaul) December 19, 2021
However, when it comes to Jake Paul’s next opponent odds, it is former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva who is favored.
Jake Paul Next Opponent Odds
Online sportsbook Sportsbook has listed the odds for Jake Paul’s next opponent with Anderson Silva listed as the +300 favorite. He is followed by Tommy Fury at +350, Dillon Danis at +700, Nate Diaz at +700 and Conor McGregor at +750 to round out the top five names on the oddsboard.
With Silva the favorite at +300, that means if you bet $100 on him to be Paul’s next opponent and it comes to fruition, you would profit $300. Our sports betting calculator tells us that the +300 odds have an implied win probability of 25.00 percent.
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Odds as of December 22 at Sportsbook
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Why Is Anderson Silva The Favorite?
Upon retiring from the UFC earlier in 2021, “The Spider” transitioned to boxing, scoring a split-decision win over former champ Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and then knocking out former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz in just over a minute.
Not having to worry about takedowns, the arguably GOAT of the UFC is able to let his electric hands fly in the boxing ring, making him a serious threat to any opponent.
Why I Don’t Think This Fight Will Happen
While I will never turn down watching an Anderson Silva fight, I simply don’t believe this will take place. One reason is that Jake Paul wants to fight younger fighters – the knock on him when he beat Ben Askren and even more recently Tyron Woodley was that he’s beating up retired fighters.
Silva will soon be 47 years old and beating him wouldn’t do anything for Paul’s fame.
Who Is Jake Paul Fighting Next: Value Pick
Tommy Fury is providing more value than Anderson Silva at +350 and was supposed to be Paul’s opponent on December 18 before pulling out, setting up the Woodley rematch. However, it is that last-minute pullout that I think will keep Fury from getting that fight now, losing out on millions of dollars.
There’s only one name on this list that I think is worth betting on and it’s Stockton’s own Nate Diaz. It is well known that Diaz has just one fight remaining on his UFC contract, which upon completion allows him to do whatever he wants.
Jake Paul fought four times in 2021; he will need a break in the early stages of 2022. That gives Diaz time to fight in early 2022 in the UFC to exhaust his contract, setting up a fight that both men want in the summer. At +700, this is the only bet to make.