Confirmed today, social-media icon Jake Paul and MMA legend Anderson Silva will be competing in an eight-round professional boxing match on October 29th at the Gila River Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. The bout is scheduled to be fought at a catchweight of 187 pounds.
Jake Paul (5-0) is in a tough spot in his young boxing career. With fights falling through and getting canceled, the pressure is on for him to put on an exciting performance. However, the man across the boxing ring will be a formidable opponent. As Silva is the man who gave the UFC’s middleweight division nightmares for over a decade and left behind the legacy of being one of the greatest of all time.
Things have changed, though, for Anderson Silva (34-11 MMA, 3-0 Boxing). As it always does, age has worn down the once seemingly unbeatable legend. Yet, even in the midst of his old age, the skills persist. Evident by his stunning recent victories since his UFC departure. Silva, at 47 years old, is still one of the most dangerous fighters in the world.
Jake Paul vs. Anderson Silva: Is ‘The Problem Child’ Playing With the Wrong Spider?
2021 saw ‘The Spiders’ return to boxing. He faced the son of a legend in Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. It was a match many fans were weary of because of the big age difference and Silva’s declining chin.
However, the chin held tough, and ‘The Spider’ proved to the world that he’s still got it despite his age. He defeated Chavez Jr. via decision and still wasn’t ready to call it quits. Facing Tito Ortiz just three months later and finishing him in the first round via KO.
As for Jake Paul, almost all of his victories have been ripped to shreds by MMA fans who claim that his wins come against people who either don’t box or are old washed-up MMA fighters. Anderson Silva could be the difference maker, though.
Silva is very much like a mythical icon in the MMA world. Paul surely knows this and could be said to consider this a safe fight. If he loses, it’s against a man with decades of experience, so surely a loss against him wouldn’t hurt his reputation too much.
A win wouldn’t count for much either, as it would no doubt be discredited by fans because of the insane age difference between the two (22 years difference, to be exact). However, Paul needs activity to stay relevant, so this is the best he can do now.
What are your thoughts on the fight?