Jake Paul can’t seem to get away from boxing ex-MMA fighters.
Following the cancellation of fights with Tommy Fury and Hasim Rahman Jr. earlier this month, Paul is set to face former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva in a Showtime pay-per-view headliner on October 29, according to an initial report from NoSmokeBoxing on Monday.
TMZ later confirmed Tuesday, citing sources, that the fight has been scheduled, but no date has been set. Neither TMZ nor NoSmokeBoxing reported the event’s location or venue.
Most Valuable Promotions, Paul’s management company, teased his next fight on Twitter over the weekend, saying he “almost certainly will be the underdog.” Silva would most likely be a good fit.
Paul, 25, is 5-0 as a professional boxer, with a knockout of Ben Askren and two wins over Tyron Woodley (one decision and one knockout). The YouTube sensation hasn’t fought since knocking out Woodley in the sixth round in December 2021.
Since he hasn’t fought any traditional boxers, Paul has faced questions about his legitimacy as a boxer, which will continue with Silva. The difference is that Silva, 47, has done well in the squared circle since leaving the UFC in late 2020.
Silva officially won two boxing matches in 2021, first defeating Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in a split decision after eight rounds before knocking out fellow former UFC champion Tito Ortiz in just 1:22. Silva also looked intimidating in an exhibition fight against Bruno Machado in May.
Silva’s performance against Machado even elicited a response from Paul
They’ll settle things in the ring now.