YOUTUBE star Jake Paul is returning to the ring for a mouth-watering clash against MMA legend Anderson Silva TONIGHT.
The Problem Child weighed in at the LOWEST weight of his career so far for the catchweight bout against Silva in Arizona.
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Paul was due to fight rival Tommy Fury in August but plans fell through after an issue with the Brit’s US visa.
A bout with Hasim Rahman Jr was also set up, but that also fell through due to a problem making weight on the heavyweight fighter’s side.
Now 47-year-old Silva will step up to plate, in what is a massive step-up for Paul, who knocked out Tyron Woodley last December.
Silva has been in the boxing ring before, beating former world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr last year, before knocking out UFC veteran Tito Ortiz a few months later.
And now the Brazilian will get one of the biggest paydays of his career to face Paul, who has yet to lose in the squared circle.
When is Jake Paul vs Anderson Silva?
- Paul’s big clash with Silva will take place on TONIGHT, Saturday, October 29.
- The bout will be held at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona, US.
- Ring-walks will commence from around 4am UK time on Sunday, October 30 in the UK.
How can I live stream Jake Paul vs Anderson Silva?
- Paul vs Silva will be available to watch in the UK on Fite TV PPV.
- The event will cost £17.99 to purchase.
- You can live stream the action from the Fite TV app, which is available for download onto your mobile or tablet device.
- In the US, Paul vs Silva will be available to watch on Showtime PPV.
What happened at the weigh in?
On the day before the toughest test of his boxing career, Paul hit the scales at 186.5lb, under the agreed upon catchweight with Silva.
He said: “Let’s go. Biggest fight of year, Paul-Silva, Showtime get it right now.”
The American’s five prior wins all came around the 190lb mark, and he wanted to return at 185lb.
But UFC legend Silva negotiated a compromise of 187lb, with the Brazilian also coming in under the limit at 186.1lb.
Jake Paul vs Anderson Silva undercard
Former UFC star Uriah Hall takes on ex-NFL ace Le’Veon Bell as chief support on the undercard.
Bell is coming into the bout off the back of a huge KO win over Adrian Peterson in an exhibition in September, and will now have his pro boxing debut.
- Jake Paul vs Anderson Silva (Catchweight)
- Uriah Hall vs Le’Veon Bell (Cruiserweight)
- Ashton Sylve vs Braulio Rodriguez (Super-featherweight)
- Chris Avila vs Mikhail Varshavski (Cruiserweight)
- Danny Barrios vs Edgar Ortiz Jr (Super bantamweight)
- Adrian Rodriguez vs Dominique Griffin (Super bantamweight)
- Antonio Nieves vs Alexandro Santiago (Bantamweight)
What has been said?
“Anderson Silva is the nicest guy in the world and we love him,” Paul said at the press conference.
“If my opponent is a d***head, I’m going to treat him like a d***head and beat his f ass and I think people have seen that side of me.
“But I respect this man. I’m still going to knock him out but respectfully knock him out.”
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Silva said: “Listen, everything is possible. Jake and [his] brother are training hard [to become] boxers. [They] try to [show] respect for the community. The kids have good potential and the people need to respect that.”
“I don’t feel pressure any more because everything I do in this sport and MMA I do with my heart.
“I think now is the next step for me. I try to enjoy my life, and when people think that’s too much pressure because I need to prove that I represent the MMA Community – no, I represent myself and represent my fans.”