Jake Paul versus Anderson Silva is official for October 29 at Gila River Arena in Phoenix, Arizona, Paul’s Most Valuable Promotions announced on Tuesday.
The confirmed news follows a rumor from last week where MVP teased on Twitter that Paul’s next opponent will make the YouTuber-turned-boxer into an “underdog.”
Paul (5-0) has been successful thus far in his professional boxing career, including knock outs over Ben Askren and Tyron Woodley – both former UFC champions.
Paul was supposed to fight again in August, but his opponent, Tommy Fury, was denied entry to the U.S. with no official reason why. Hasim Rahman Jr stepped in last minute, but requested a change to the contracted weight, cancelling the event altogether.
Weeks later, Paul teased on social media that he had an opponent in October in the works.
Which brings in Silva, who is also a former UFC champion. He has found success in his boxing debut thus far. He last knocked out fellow former UFC champion Tito Ortiz in just under one and a half minutes.
“Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva is the most versatile fighter the world has ever seen,” Paul stated.
“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, Oct. 29, I will walk humbly into the ring, touch gloves with a living legend and do my best to exterminate ‘The Spider.’”