Jake Paul will face Anderson Silva next October 29however, the card prior to the main event will have an unexpected fight between a UFC fighter and a youtuber, as it was announced this week.
Chris Ávila, veteran fighter of the UFC and Bellator, will face the youtuber russian Doctor Mike in a fight that will be scheduled for four rounds and at 185 pounds, according to ESPN in a report on Tuesday.
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Who is Doctor Mike?
Doctor Mike, whose real name is Mikhail Varshavski, is a well-known social media influencer with over 23 million followers across all platforms and over 10 million YouTube subscribers.
Varshavski competed in an amateur boxing match in May, a unanimous decision victory over YouTube personality Ian “iDubbbz” Washburn.. That event raised $1.3 million for charity, and Varshavski donated all of his fight money to help Ukraine. For the Avila fight, Varshavski will donate his bag to the Boys & Girls Club, according to officials.
“As a practicing physician, I have taken an oath to ‘do no harm,’ but when those ‘examination’ gloves come off and boxing gloves slip off: all bets are off,” Varshavski said. through a statement. “With a win under my belt, I’m hungry to add more. And this pro fight with Chris Avila could be just what the doctor ordered.”
Ávila is 1-1 as a professional boxer and an eight-year mixed martial arts veteran., a longtime member of Nate Diaz’s team in Northern California. Most recently, Avila defeated Paul’s training partner, Anthony Taylor, last December in a boxing match by majority decision.