‘You are the man!’ An old tweet from Jake Paul to UFC legend Anderson Silva resurfaces ahead of their boxing match next month… revealing the social media star got the Brazilian’s autograph at a restaurant in 2012!
- Jake Paul will face former UFC star Anderson Silva in his next boxing match
- Paul said he respects Silva but he needs to be “rooted out” on October 29
- The social media star met the Brazilian at a restaurant more than a decade ago
Jake Paul is preparing to face UFC legend Anderson Silva in his next boxing match – but it won’t be the first meeting between the two.
An old tweet from Paul to Silva from 2012 has resurfaced online, showing that the social media star got Silva’s autograph at a restaurant in Ohio in 2012.
“Remember you came to Ohio at Quaker Steak and Lube? I have your autograph haha you are the man I will never forget!!’ Paul said in the May 29, 2012 Post.
Jake Paul faces UFC legend Anderson Silva in his next boxing match on October 29th
Preparations for the Paul-Silva fight scheduled for October 29 in Phoenix will likely be more respectful than the American’s previous fights.
In a tweet confirming the fight with the 47-year-old former UFC middleweight champion, Paul said, “My toughest test yet. I respect the legend, but he must be eradicated.”
Paul had been scrambling for his next opponent following back-to-back wins over Tyron Woodley and was keen to remain ring-ready as he awaits a much-anticipated bout with fellow social media sensation KSI, which has been verbally agreed upon next year.
The Brazilian is considered one of the greatest MMA fighters in the company’s history
The 25-year-old wants to win his sixth professional win in a row against Silva.
Silva, who left the UFC in 2020 after his contract expired, is over two decades older than Paul and is considered by many to be the greatest forward to have appeared in the UFC.
He has since taken up boxing after two fights years ago, impressively surpassing former world middleweight title holder Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and KO’ing Tito Ortiz.
His refined octagon hitting style, reflected in the square circle, should provide the kind of rise in class Paul was looking for.
UFC legend Silva has three wins and one loss in his brief boxing career
Paul, on the other hand, has defeated AnEsonGib, Nate Robinson, and Ben Askren since making his pro debut in 2020.
Silva’s MMA career ended with a whimper and he was well past his prime, winning just one of his last nine fights.
The UFC should arguably have cut ties with him well before his contract expired, but the veteran still has solid fighting skills and may be better suited to boxing than MMA.
At his best, the Brazilian went unbeaten for eight years and many elite fighters struggled to pressure him, including James Irvin and Chael Sonnen.