Anderson Silva has had his say on his upcoming fight with Jake Paul for the very first time. Posting to social media, an extremely excited Silva delivered an impassioned message, thanking everyone for their support.
He said: “Ok, so, yeah, it’s true Jake and I have a fight on October 29 in Phoenix, Arizona. Showtime, yes, that’s so special. I need to say thank you to my fans, thank you to everyone who gives me support for this fight to continue doing my job, to continue doing something I love and I’m so happy. Let’s do it!”
Silva becomes the third professional mixed martial arts fighter to square off against the YouTube star. Paul (5-0) knocked out Ben Askren in under two minutes back in April 2021 before a pair of fights with former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.
In their first contest, it went to the scorecards with The Problem Child winning a split decision. When they met again four months later, however, the judges weren’t needed as Paul poleaxed The Chosen One in the sixth round.
The challenge is admirable though and even Dana White – Paul’s biggest critic – was in agreement with that fact. “I don’t give a s*** what they do, you know what I mean? But if he’s really fighting Anderson Silva, if that’s true, it’s about time. That’s a real fight,” said White during a recent press conference.
Silva and Paul square off on October 29 at the Gila River Arena in Phoenix, Arizona in an eight-round 187lb catchweight contest live on Showtime PPV. An opening press conference will take place next Monday. No undercard fights have been announced as of right now.