FORMER UFC star Anderson Silva has hailed himself a “superhero” despite Saturday’s boxing defeat to Jake Paul.

Silva, 47, lost to the YouTuber-turned boxer by unanimous decision with scores of 77-74, 78-73 and 78-73.

Paul won by unanimous decision

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Paul won by unanimous decisionCredit: EPA
Silva has described himself as a superhero

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Silva has described himself as a superheroCredit: EPA

The fight was competitive throughout, but Paul’s victory was sealed with a crucial knockdown in the eighth and final round.

Silva has since put his defeat down to tactical errors and the fact that Paul was the better fighter on the night.

In his post-fight press conference, he said: “Jake was better than me today.

“I tried to put on my strategy. … I don’t find my distance, and I failed in my strategy, and Jake was better than me. That’s it.”

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When speaking about the knockdown, he added: “I talked to my coach like, ‘I don’t believe it. I trained so hard not to be in the same stupid position.

“But I’m human. I’m superhero, but sometimes my half human fail.”

Despite the defeat, Silva is eager to get back into the ring.

But, he has already made it clear that he will not beg for a rematch.

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He added: “I know I lost. I know I failed in my whole strategy, and my opponent won.

“I’m not the same as the other guys that fight with Jake, like, ‘Oh, I need revenge. I need rematch.’ Let’s see what happens. Maybe. I don’t know.”

Paul’s victory saw him stretch his perfect boxing record to 6-0.

After the fight, the social media star called-out Canelo Alvarez and Nate Diaz while promising that there will be more to come.

He said: “This is just the start. I want Nate Diaz. Canelo, you too.

“You guys said, ‘You can’t beat a striker, you can’t beat a legend like Anderson Silva.’ I just did it. So why can’t I beat Canelo?”


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