Edwards believes "The Spider" is the greatest fighter of all time.
In a matter of weeks, the much-anticipated clash between Jake Paul and Ultimate Fighting Championship icon Anderson Silva will finally go down. The idea of Paul knocking out Silva would be a tough pill for many mixed martial arts hardcore fans, including current UFC 170-pound kingpin Leon Edwards. In an exclusive interview with InsideFighting, "Rocky" hoped to see Silva taking home a victory that night.
"I'd hate for [Paul] to beat Anderson Silva, that would break my heart. The man is a legend for what he did. For him to go out there and lose to someone like Jake Paul would be disappointing. I don't know, we'll see. That would crush my heart. I'd love for him to go out there and get the victory."
Paul already has a couple of victories against former UFC stars, Ben Askren and Tyron Woodley, under his belt. "Problem Child" will take on former UFC middleweight champion Silva at the Gila River Arena in Phoenix, Arizona, on October 29.
Edwards expressed all his admiration for Silva, who set the current record for most consecutive victories in the UFC at 16.
"I think he's the GOAT for me. A hundred percent."
While the Englishman is a fan of Silva, Edwards is also attempting to break his idol's record. Currently, Edwards (20-3, 1NC) is riding an impressive 11-bout winning streak.
"I'm just focusing in being the best of all time and trying to make the run for that record," Edwards stated. "I'm on 11 now, so it can be done. Why can't I get five more? That is my goal, that is my focus. I'm not worried about all the outside things."