Youtube star turned boxer Jake “The Problem Child” Paul announced on Tuesday that he will face MMA legend Anderson “The Spider” Silva on October 29th at Gila River Arena in Phoenix, Ariz., on Saturday, October 29.
The contest, which takes place at a catchweight of 187 pounds, will headline a Showtime Pay-Per-View card.
In his last fight, back in December, Paul (5-0, 4 KOs) brutally knocked out former UFC champion Tyrone Woodley.
Unlike Woodley and all of Paul's past opponents, Silva has experience in boxing and defeated an actual boxer - when last year he outboxed former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. He then knocked out Tito Ortiz in the first round - and earlier this year stayed sharp with an exhibition fight.
“Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva is the most versatile fighter the world has ever seen,” said Paul. “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.’”
Silva, who some oddsmakers have listed as the betting favorite, will look to make a statement against the younger man.
“I know that in life everything has its purpose,” Silva said. “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.”