UFC Middleweight fighter Anderson Silva of Brazil
UFC Middleweight fighter Anderson Silva of Brazil Getty Images | Buda Mendes


  • Anderson Silva promises a different version of him in the bout against Jake Paul
  • The former UFC champion says it is a 50-50 bout
  • Silva is unfazed by the fact that Paul has beaten MMA fighters under boxing rules

Anderson Silva is best known to be among the elite mixed martial artists, something he proved by fighting in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

However, the man also known as "The Spider" showed everyone that he could also thrive in the world of boxing.

He started it out in March 2021, facing and eventually winning over a seasoned boxer in the form of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

Silva would box again, this time against former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz in September 2021.

The Brazilian won over Ortiz via technical knockout in the first round.

Now, he prepares for another boxing match against a not-so-traditional pugilist in internet sensation Jake Paul on October 29 in a 187-pound clash.

Given that Paul has pulled out boxing wins against the likes of former MMA champions such as Ben Askren and Tyron Woodley, it appears that Silva will have some pressure on his part to keep his legacy intact.

However, Silva begs to disagree as he believes that everything is 50-50 on fight night.

"Definitely not, definitely not," Silva stated when asked if his legacy is at risk against Paul as quoted by USA Today. "I came here to do my best. I'm training hard every day, and fighters fight."

"You have two fighters inside the ring," he added. "Two fighters have 50% to win. I have 50% and Jake has 50%. It doesn't matter if people say, 'Oh, it's not a real fighter or not.' But when you go inside the ring, you don't go to stop, you go to kill, you go to die. That's the point."

On the surface, it seems that the ex-longtime UFC middleweight titleholder is taking an enormous risk by agreeing to a boxing match opposite Paul.

Regardless, he guaranteed that fans will see a different version of "The Spider" when he steps inside the squared-circle.

"I don't know, but I promise I'll go fight very, very hard," Silva said. "You will see a different Anderson."

Anderson Silva
Anderson Silva is only looking for meaningful fights as his UFC contract comes to a close. In this picture, Silva poses for photographers during the UFC 212 press conference at Morro da Urca in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 11, 2017. Buda Mendes/Getty Images