YouTuber-turned-boxer Jack Paul defeated legendary UFC champion Anderson Silva on Saturday in front of a crowd of 14,000 at the Desert Diamond Arena in Phoenix, Arizona.
The fight lasted all eight rounds, with Paul winning by unanimous decision, beating Silva in the final round to seal the victory.
Although the 47-year-old Silva is in the twilight of his career and is best known for his UFC rather than boxing accomplishments, it marked the most important victory of the 25-year-old’s boxing career to date.
Still, Paul went 6-0 to fight UFC fighter Nate Diaz and undisputed world super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez next.
Before the game, Paul talked about growing up as one of Silva’s fans, watching the Brazilian dominate his sport.
“I feel like I’m living in a movie,” Paul said afterwards, according to Sky Sports. “You can’t put that in a story.
“Just being in the ring with him and seeing his heart, his courage, his bravery, that’s what I look up to as a champion. He’s such an inspiring guy.”
According to ESPN Stats, it was far from an unbalanced fight, as Paul threw 83 punches at 79 and Silva was only four fewer.
However, Paul jabs three times as often, negating any advantage Silva gains with more power punches.
“I’m a superhero, but sometimes my half-human, half-human fails,” Silva said, according to ESPN.