JAKE PAUL has hinted at fighting UFC legend Anderson "The Spider" Silva next with a "pest control" picture of himself.

The YouTube star-turned boxer named Silva along with Tommy Fury as two of the frontrunners in line to face him next.


And after the Brazilian beat MMA champ Bruno Machado on Floyd Mayweather's recent undercard, Paul cryptically responded.

He posted a mocked up image of himself as a pest controller – making light of Silva's "Spider" nickname.

Paul, 25, recently announced he will return on August 13 for his sixth professional bout.

And Silva, 47, is ready to be in the opposite corner after praising the American and his brother Logan, 27.

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He said: “It’s possible. People need to respect the Paul brothers.

"Those kids are talented, and they’ve opened people’s eyes about the good and bad in combat sports.

"I’m preparing my body for a challenge. We’ll see what happens.”

Paul last fought in December in a short-notice rematch against Tyron Woodley, 40, after Fury, 23, pulled out with a broken rib.

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He knocked out replacement Woodley, having previously beaten the ex-UFC champion on points in August.

It added to KOs over gamer 'AnEsonGib', ex-NBA player Nate Robinson, 37, and retired UFC welterweight Ben Askren, 37.

But he has faced criticism of his opponents and record for not yet facing a recognised pro.

Paul was scheduled to before his rematch with Woodley, but celebrity rival Fury, withdrew with less than two weeks notice.

Silva has won three boxing matches since leaving the UFC in 2020, including against ex-world champ Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, 36, last year.

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