Jake Paul subsequent combat: Social media star to face former UFC champion Anderson Silva in October on Showtime PPV

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Jake Paul’s return to the ring is formally set, and whereas he is set to combat yet one more legend from the world of blended martial arts, this time, the fighter has additionally confirmed himself a succesful boxer. Paul will face one of many biggest fighters of all time when he battles Anderson Silva in a Showtime pay-per-view primary occasion on Oct. 29 from Phoenix, Arizona, the promotion introduced on Tuesday.

The bout set to be contested at a restrict of 187 kilos and a most of eight rounds.

After beginning his profession with a string of wins over fellow social media stars, NBA gamers and blended martial artists, talks have intensified for Paul (5-0, 4 KO) to face a “actual” boxer. A number of makes an attempt had been made for Paul to combat Tommy Fury (8-0, 4 KO), brother of WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, with the primary falling aside after Fury suffered an damage in camp and the second when Fury was denied entry into the nation as a part of he and his brother’s involvement with alleged crime boss Daniel Kinahan.

Hasim Rahman Jr. (12-1, 6 KO) was then slotted in because the substitute opponent for Fury on Aug. 6. Regardless of Rahman preventing as a heavyweight, the combat was agreed to at cruiserweight with rehydration limits in place. That was ultimately bumped to 205 kilos after which Rahman claimed he could not make the load and Paul’s workforce would not agree to boost the load restrict any increased, leading to yet one more cancellation.

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“Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva is essentially the most versatile fighter the world has ever seen,” Paul mentioned in a press launch. “Only a 12 months in the past he outclassed boxing champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., and confirmed the world why he’s sometimes called the best fighter of all time. Each skilled, from MMA to boxing, has mentioned Jake Paul will not combat Anderson Silva. They mentioned Jake Paul is afraid of Anderson Silva, and Jake Paul would lose to Anderson Silva. Properly, to all of the non-believers — Jake Paul is preventing Anderson Silva. It is an honor to have the chance to share the ring with the best UFC striker of all time. On Saturday, Oct. 29, I’ll stroll humbly into the ring, contact gloves with a dwelling legend and do my greatest to exterminate ‘The Spider.'”

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Whereas Silva (3-1, 2 KO) does not have the identical variety of fights within the boxing ring as Fury and Rahman, he has an even bigger win on his resume than each. In June 2021, Silva, 47, dominated former world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., taking a cut up choice win in a combat the place Chavez had no enterprise getting the nod on any scorecard.

The combat with Chavez was Silva’s first skilled boxing match since 2005. He adopted that up with a brutal knockout win over fellow former UFC champion Tito Ortiz and an exhibition bout towards Bruno Machado.

Whereas Silva’s age is actually an element, and his win over Chavez got here years after Chavez stopped being something resembling a contender, he’s extraordinarily expert and employs an ungainly model that may fluster any opponent, because it did throughout his MMA profession, which noticed him win the UFC middleweight title and efficiently defend it 10 occasions.

“I do know that in life all the pieces has its function,” Silva mentioned. “Nothing comes simply by probability. So, I thank God for my well being, my household and my workforce for offering me with this chance to proceed doing the factor that I really like essentially the most. I imagine this would be the greatest fight occasion of the 12 months and can actually make historical past within the sport perpetually. See you on Oct. 29.”

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