Anderson Silva is a name that needs no introduction to mixed martial arts fans.
But for fans of combat sports who are only interested in boxing and for those social media mavens who are interested in boxing solely because of the presence of the YouTube personality.
Jake Paul, there is a great deal to learn about Silva, who will fight Paul in a boxing ring on October 29 in Phoenix.
Paul’s next fight is scheduled to take place. Although Silva only has a record of 3-1 in professional boxing, with the first two of those fights taking place more than 17 years ago.
The Brazilian fighter, who is now 47 years old, is widely regarded as one of the most accomplished competitors in the annals of mixed martial arts. He was known by his ring name “The Spider,” and he held the title of UFC middleweight champion from 2006 until 2013.
During that time, he won 16 consecutive fights, which is still the record for the longest winning run ever in the Octagon. His championship defense lasted 2,457 days, which is also a record for the UFC.
Former UFC Champions Are Among Silva’s List of Victims
Some of the fighters that Silva has beaten include former UFC champions Rich Franklin (twice), Vitor Belfort, and Forrest Griffin, as well as former Pride and Strikeforce champion Dan Henderson, Demian Maia, and Chael Sonnen.
Other fighters that Silva has beaten include Forrest Griffin, Demian Maia, and Demian Maia. In addition to receiving five bonuses for Fight of the Night and two bonuses for Submission of the Night, Silva set a new record for Knockout of the Night bonuses in the UFC with seven.
His total of 14 post fight bonus checks places him in fifth place all time among UFC fighters, behind Donald Cerrone and Charles Oliveira, who each have earned 18 bonuses, and Joe Lauzon and Nate Diaz, who each have earned 16 bonuses (15 apiece).
2020 TKO Victory For Uriah Hall
Since losing to Uriah Hall by TKO in 2020, Silva has not competed in any mixed martial arts bouts.
But since then, he has picked up where he left off in his long-dormant boxing career and has fought twice in the ring, including a win by split decision against former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., son of the boxing hero of the same name.
The majority of Paul’s boxing career to this point has been based on his taking on former MMA champions.
After winning his professional boxing debut in 2020 against fellow social media sensation AnEsonGib and then knocking out former NBA player Nate Robinson, Paul went on to win his April 2021 bout against former Bellator and One Championships champion Ben Askren by knockout.
Since then, Paul has twice prevailed over the former welterweight champion of the UFC, Tyron Woodley, most memorably knocking him out with a single blow in December of last year.
Paul was supposed to battle his first professional boxer opponent before to the second Woodley match that was arranged.
Finishing Off This Discussion
However, a fight scheduled to take place against Tommy Fury, who is the half-brother of heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, was postponed twice.
After that, a battle was supposed to take place between Paul and Hasim Rahman Jr., the son of a former heavyweight champion, but that bout was canceled as well.
Although Silva does not come from a boxing background, he is widely regarded as one of the best strikers in MMA history. Neither of Paul’s previously planned opponents had a boxing background.
Silva, who is getting close to 50 years old, poses a greater degree of difficulty than the other mixed martial artists that Paul has competed against in the past. Showtime will provide a pay-per-view broadcast of the fight that will take place at Gila River Arena.