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Anderson Silva receives boxing license to fight in Arizona following reports of Jake Paul bout

Anderson Silva is now one step closer to fighting the YouTuber turned boxer Jake Paul. Rumors were circulating about the potential match up but now it looks like Anderson Silva is serious about boxing Jake Paul.

The former UFC middleweight champion has been officially granted a professional boxing license to fight in the state of Arizona. In rubber-stamping the application, the Arizona commissioner said,

"Congratulations, Mr. Silva. We’re looking forward to what's to come."

And the fighter replied:

"I’m training hard every day. I’m keeping my mind busy and healthy. I’m so excited."

The 47-year-old Anderson Silva had a legendary reign as the UFC middleweight champion and is regarded as one of the greatest fighters in history. Before knocking out fellow UFC legend Tito Ortiz, he defeated former boxing world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in a split decision.

Jake Paul, 25, is a professional boxer with a record of 5-0. He has defeated Tyron Woodley twice, once by decision and once by knockout. Paul also defeated Ben Askren. The YouTube sensation hasn't competed since knocking out Woodley in the sixth round in December 2021. Since Paul hasn't faced any traditional boxers, there have been doubts about his credentials as a fighter, and those doubts will be raised again with Silva.

Dana White doesn't want to talk about Jake Paul anymore, but if the speculated bout between the controversial social media influencer and the illustrious former middleweight champion of the UFC does take place, White believes it will be a legitimate test for his competitor.

White shared his thoughts on the targeted boxing match with media backstage at the UFC APEX after DWCS Season 6,

“I don’t give a s*** about [Jake Paul], but if he’s really fighting Anderson Silva, if that’s true, it’s about time,” White said. “He’s got a real fight on his hands there, regardless of how old Anderson is. Yeah, that’s a real fight.”

Although the matchup hasn’t been confirmed by either side, Jake Paul will be entering the ring as a favorite while Silva will be considered an underdog. Silva vs. Paul will likely headline a Showtime Sports event on Oct. 29 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Will Anderson Silva would be able to stop the rising Jake Paul inside the ring? Do share your opinion in the comment box below. Stay Tuned!


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