Chris Avila clashes with YouTube star ‘Dr. Mike’s undercard on Paul vs. Silva


The undercard for the upcoming Jake Paul vs. Anderson Silva pay-per-view is starting to come together with two new fights announced including UFC and Bellator veteran Chris Avila taking on YouTube celebrity “Dr. Mike.”

Most Valuable Promotions, the company that Paul owns with Nakisa Bidarian (ex-UFC executive) announced Tuesday’s new matchups.

Avila, who counts Nate Diaz and Nick Diaz as two of his closest friends and teammates, will return to the boxing ring after picking up a majority decision over Anthony Taylor as part of the same card where Paul face Tyron Woodley in a rematch this past December.

Overall, Avila holds a 1-1 record in professional boxing but he’ll look to get a second win while competing in the opening bout on the pay-per-view broadcast on Showtime.

His opponent is 32-year-old physician Mikhail Varshavski — known professionally as Dr. Mike — after a Buzzfeed article brought attention to his Instagram page before People Magazine later called him “the sexiest doctor alive.”

Varshavski used his newfound popularity to begin offering health advice on his social media accounts before eventually moving to YouTube where he answered questions from viewers while also raising awareness to combat misinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Varshavski’s amateur debut was in May with an appearance at an influencer boxing competition. Now he will make his professional debut against Avila in Oct. 29.

The card will also feature undefeated 18-year-old prospect Ashton Sylve as he faces Braulio Rodriguez in a featured bout as well.

Sylve signed to Paul’s Most Valuable Promotions after racking up an impressive 7-0 resume with all of his fights ending by way of knockout. He’ll look to make it eight in a row when he faces Rodriguez, who boasts a 20-4 professional record with 17 knockouts along the way.

The two new fights will join the main show where Paul will be facing his toughest challenge to date. He faces Silva, a UFC legend who has a victory over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr .