Jake Paul to box UFC legend Anderson Silva in Arizona
Social media personality and boxer Jake Paul is scheduled to fight UFC legend Anderson Silva in a fight at Glendale’s Gila River Arena on Oct. 29, according to Most Valuable Promotions and Showtime Sports.
The boxing match will go eight rounds and be available on Showtime pay-per-view.
Paul and Silva will fight at a catchweight of 187 pounds.
Tickets go on sale Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 10 a.m. MST and will be available at ticketmaster.com.
“Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva is the most versatile fighter the world has ever seen,” Paul said in a release. “Just a year ago he outclassed boxing champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., and showed the world why he is often referred to as the greatest fighter of all time. Every expert, from MMA to boxing, has said Jake Paul won’t fight Anderson Silva.
“They said Jake Paul is afraid of Anderson Silva, and Jake Paul would lose to Anderson Silva. Well, to all the non-believers – Jake Paul is fighting Anderson Silva. It’s an honor to have the opportunity to share the ring with the greatest UFC striker of all time. On Saturday, October 29, I will walk humbly into the ring, touch gloves with a living legend and do my best to exterminate ‘The Spider.’”
Paul and Silva will hold press conferences next Monday in Los Angeles and then the next day in Phoenix.
Silva is one of the all-time MMA greats who held the longest UFC title reign for 2,457 days. He turned to boxing last year.
Paul has not fought since December, when he defeated former UFC champion Tyron Woodley via knockout.
Fights against Tommy Fury and Hasim Rahman were canceled for different reasons.
“I know that in life everything has its purpose,” Silva said in a release. “Nothing comes just by chance. So, I thank God for my health, my family and my team for providing me with this opportunity to continue doing the thing that I love the most. I believe this will be the biggest combat event of the year and will truly make history in the sport forever. See you on October 29.”