Anderson Silva takes carefree approach to Jake Paul, considers boxing match ‘a good challenge’

LOS ANGELES – You are Anderson Silva. You are in the twilight of your career, many would even say beyond that. You're a former UFC middleweight champion and one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time. A lot of people have you on their MMA Mount Rushmore.
So at 47, why would you choose to fight a 25-year-old YouTuber and social media influencer who's just starting to make a splash in boxing?
"It's a good challenge," said Silva MMA Junkie of his upcoming boxing match with Jake Paul.
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In fact, on October 29th at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona, Silva and Paul will headline a Showtime pay-per-view event featuring a stunning victory over former boxing champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., followed by a KO in the first round against former UFC champion Tito Ortiz. Silva also looked good in an eight-round exhibition fight against Bruno Machado last May.
Paul made his name in boxing thanks to former MMA champions Ben Askren and Tyron Woodley, both of whom he knocked out (he also beat Woodley by decision).
From Silva's point of view, that's exciting. Over the past two years he's watched Jake and his brother Logan Paul make their mark in the martial arts world - primarily in boxing but now also in WWE for Logan - and is impressed by it.
"People think that these two kids have no respect for doing something like I'm doing now," Silva said. "But it's something very special. Why? Because these two kids work hard, and what happened to the people? When people aren't doing something heavy, something special, try to talk, try to question, try to say, 'Oh, that's terrible, it's wrong.' But the kids are doing a great job. The kids work hard. I respect the kid (Jake). But fight is fight. Jake is training hard to fight me, I'm training hard to fight Jake and let's do it.
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There are people who genuinely believe Silva will give Paul a test that Askren and Woodley couldn't because Silva is actually Paul's height, let alone possibly the greatest forward in MMA history. Then there are the naysayers, who fear Silva could end up brutally beaten down and face down on screen at his age, just like Askren and Woodley.
That's not something Silva bothers about.
"People say that because it's the same thing. People don't like to work hard and don't like to take the risk to do their best," said Silva. "That's what lazy people do. There's a lot of talk. But I'm not lazy."
It might be strange for some to think that after ending his legendary UFC career, Silva would end up boxing a YouTuber 22 years his junior. And yet here we are.
"I can't imagine that, because nobody can imagine that," said Silva. “But I work hard all my life to do my best, improve my respect in martial arts and fight the community. When you do something special, when you do something to respect and help the new generation, everything happens to you. I'm lucky because I don't see anyone my age and I'm fighting at the same level that I'm fighting at now. Especially if you come from the MMA world, and that makes me very happy. When you do something good for the rest of the world, something good comes to you. I try to do that every day.”
Story originally appeared on MMA Junkie

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