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Jake Paul (left) reacts after knocking out Brazilian Anderson Silva in a cruiserweight match at Gila River Arena on October 29, 2022, in Glendale, Arizona. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Jake Paul defeated Anderson Silva by unanimous decision in their eight-round match Saturday night at Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Arizona.

Paul took cards 77-74, 78-73, 78-73.

Paul, 25, went 6-0 with four knockouts. He had previously defeated MMA fighters Ben Askren and Tyron Woodley, but had not fought since December, and his last two scheduled fights had failed.

“This is a surreal moment, hard work pays off,” Paul said. “First of all, I want to thank Anderson. He was my idol growing up, he inspired me to be great, We wouldn’t have been able to fight this year without him. He’s a tough mo-fo like a true legend. I have nothing but respect for him.”

Silva was the first fighter to have a record of winnings against Paul. The 47-year-old put together a 34-11 record in MMA and 3-1 in boxing matches.

“Jake is better than me today,” Silva said. “I have nothing to say badly about my opponent. I think everyone needs to respect this kid because he does his job in the best way possible. I’ve worked hard, I’m a fighter and I know when a fight is tough. It’s a very difficult fight for me today.”

On the bottom card, the former NFL running Le’Veon Bell lost his professional boxing debut to Uriah Hall by unanimous decision. Hall won the four-round match with 40-36 cards.

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