By: Sean Cross
The Ohioan, who has not had enough competition since social media superstar Jake Paul stepped into the ring for the first time, will be vindicated when he hears who is lined up to be his next opponent. “My toughest test yet,” Paul tweeted on Tuesday. “I respect the legend, but it must be destroyed.” And who is a “legend”? The greatest mixed martial artist to ever step into the Octagon is none other than Anderson Silva. But Silva is more than just an aging UFC star – the man, despite entering his forties, has proven to be a fairly decent boxer in recent years. He may not be championship-level at his age, but he’s decent enough to give Jake Paul a challenge.
The main thing? This fight is fun. Moreover, Paul may now have an adversary coming. Paul and his promotional team, as well as the two men who arranged to cancel the Showtime Aug. 8 card at Madison Square Garden — Tommy Fury and Hasim Rahman Jr. — each failed to make it. or don’t want to) has met the requirements to fight (not allowed to enter the United States, and not give weight, respectively). Say what one will about Silva, it’s doubtful he’ll miss or pass up an opportunity to earn a pay-per-view card.
The fight is set to go down as a primetime pay-per-view on October 29 at the Gila River Arena in Phoenix.