Leaked message suggests Logan Paul will fight UFC legend Anderson Silva

Logan Paul could be set to square off with MMA legend Anderson Silva in his next boxing challenge, according to a DM leaked by his rival.

The YouTube star recently went the eight round distance with Floyd Mayweather in an exhibition bout, and is expected to return to the ring later this year.

And according to a private message which was reportedly sent to Bellator MMA fighter Dillon Danis, Paul is set to face the former pound-for-pound UFC great Silva on September 19 at a "massive event" in Dubai.

Danis was mocked on Instagram by Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Viktor Doria, and in response the Bellator star shared footage showing that Doria was in fact following him and had offered him a grappling match on the undercard of the reported Paul vs Silva card.

“There will be a huge event in Dubai on September 19," the reported message said. "The main event is Anderson Silva vs Logan Paul boxing match.

“Would you like to fight grappling match ADCC rules and referees?”

And while it doesn't seem that Danis, who is a long-time rival of the Paul brothers, is going to accept the challenge, his post has garnered massive attention from Paul's fans.

The YouTube star recently returned to training in he and his brother Jake's Puerto Rico base after taking time off to holiday in the UK, Italy, Las Vegas and California.

Mirror Fighting understands that he has looked sharp in sparring sessions, despite his claims to have been drinking heavily since his bout with Mayweather.

Meanwhile, Silva recently made his return to professional boxing, defeating former world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in a massive upset victory in Mexico.

He has previously said that while he respects both Paul brothers, he would be willing to take either of them on within the boxing ring for a massive event.

“Wow, in the future everything is possible,” Silva told TMZ. “Both brothers, I respect them both.

"They’re good boys – smart boys too and I think that’s good for the future. Especially right now, everything’s changed in the world.

"People like to see the big shows. The entertaining shows.”

Paul responded on Twitter with a vague tweet, saying: “Crazy how growing up, my goal was to be like Anderson Silva,” accompanied by a pair of 'eye' emojis.

The YouTube star and the MMA legend both impressed in their most recent boxing showings, with Paul defying the odds to go the distance with 50-0 Mayweather.

Silva took a split decision win over Chavez Jr that sent ripples through the combat sports world and showed that he can still compete at a high level despite a tough end to his UFC career.

And while a bout with Roy Jones Jr has been rumoured, Silva would likely prefer the financial rewards of taking on Paul in his next bout.

Paul is 0-1 as a professional, losing his one official fight against fellow YouTuber KSI by a contentious decision in 2019, while Silva is 2-1 having competed in 1998 and 2005 before making his return earlier this year.

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