Former UFC champion Chris Weidman is eager to see Jake Paul face Anderson Silva in a boxing ring.

Silva, regarded as one of the greatest MMA fighters in history, is now riding a wave of success in the sport of boxing.

Earlier this year, he traveled to Mexico to win an upset decision over former middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. And then a few months later he blew away Tito Ortiz in the first round.

Paul saw action three times in 2021 - against former fighters of the UFC.

He stopped Ben Askren in the first round in April, won a close eight round split decision over former UFC champion Tyron Woodley in August, and then earlier this month he brutally knocked Woodley out in the sixth round of their rematch.

After his recent win, Paul openly called out Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal - but they are still under contract with the UFC and company president Dana White has already shot down those scenarios.

Because Anderson is a free agent, Weidman explains that there is nothing to prevent Paul from facing him.

“He’s calling out smaller guys than him,” Weidman said on the Won’t Back Down podcast. “Anderson Silva is not [under a UFC] contract, he’s a professional boxer, he’s been looking great. He just beat a former world champion boxer [Chavez Jr,] and they’re right around the same size. Why aren’t we hearing him call Anderson Silva out? I would love to see that.”

“I would love to see him fight Anderson Silva. He’s calling out all of these fighters with UFC contracts, and none of those are really gonna happen at this point. UFC would have to get behind it — kind of a Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather type match — and unless you’re drawing in $500 million like the Mayweather and Conor McGregor fights were doing, the UFC’s not doing that, because they would want to split it.

“If it’s not that type of money, they’re not doing it so we’re wasting our time talking about Diaz, Masvidal, Usman, it’s just a waste of time, but that’s how he’s amping himself up and making himself sound like he’ll fight anybody.”