The YouTube star won by unanimous decision against ex-UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
YouTube prankster-turned-boxer Jake Paul extended his unbeaten record in the ring by winning against MMA icon Anderson Silva at the Desert Diamond Arena in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday night.
The 25-year-old did enough to clinch the bout by knocking his 47-year-old Brazilian foe to the canvas in the eighth and final round.
In front of 14,000 fans, Paul was awarded a unanimous decision by the judges with scores of 77-74, 78-73, and 78-73.
Holding the UFC middleweight championship from 2006 to 2013 and racking up an unmatched 16 consecutive wins, Silva is widely regarded as one of MMA’s all-time greats and also boasts an impressive boxing pedigree.
Even with the age difference, Paul was thrilled with his victory. “Man, it’s a surreal moment but hard work pays off,” he said after the fight.
“I want to say thank you to Anderson – he inspired me to be great. Without him, we wouldn’t have a fight this year.
— Jake Paul (@jakepaul) October 30, 2022