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YouTuber/influencer turned professional boxer, Jake Paul, has signed with the Professional Fighters League. Paul’s boxing career has been nothing short of spectacular, especially as of late. Though ‘The Problem Child’ has primarily only boxed non-fighters and over-the-hill MMA fighters, it’s beginning to be hard to deny Paul’s boxing skill and business acumen.
Now, it seems that Paul will give MMA a go! Unlike his older brother, Logan, Jake doesn’t have the collegiate wrestling credentials. However, it’s hard to argue against Paul being a natural athlete, a quick learner, and a threat on the feet. See his 6-0(4 KOs) boxing record if you need some reassurance regarding how threatening his hands are.
Jake Paul has taken his career a bit slow in terms of competition, but he’s 6-for-6, so he’s obviously being calculated in how he makes moves. Knowing that, it’s hard to assume that Paul is going to take an MMA fight without having the right skills, opponent, and maybe even something up his sleeve.
Why did Jake Paul choose the PFL?
For one, it’s not the UFC. Jake hates Dana White, so he definitely doesn’t want to be on that man’s payroll. Secondly, Jake Paul holds some equity in the PFL, so the better the company does, the better it is for Paul. It’s also worth noting that the PFL is doing some pretty neat stuff.
The most recent thing in terms of neat PFL stuff is the PPV Super Fight division! Per Jake Paul, he’ll be the the head of fighter advocacy. What this means is that Paul will use that sweet internet clout to promote fighters on the PFL roster. Paul proceeded to drop another bomb as he said that PFL fighters will receive 50% of the organization’s revenue.
Though the MMA community is overall ambivalent in terms of ‘The Problem Child’, it’s hard not to side with him on the fighter pay thing. Fighters deserve better pay and benefits, and Paul is out here trying to get the athletes just that.
Next fight: Jake Paul vs Nate Diaz?
*Tyron Woodley enters the PFL*
Kidding. Jake Paul has issued a two-fight contract to Nate Diaz. The first match would be in boxing, the second would be an MMA bout. Diaz, who recently fulfilled his UFC contract and is no longer on the company’s roster. Following a 4th round submission win over Tony Ferguson, Nate let the world know that he needs a break from the UFC:
“I want to get out of the UFC for a minute and show all of these UFC fighters how to take over and own up another sport how you’re supposed to do it. ‘Cause Conor McGregor didn’t know how to do it, and none of these other fighters know how to do it. So I’m gonna go out there, take over another profession, and become the best at that. Show everybody I’m the best at that. Then, I’m going to be right the f*ck back here to get a m*therf*cking UFC title!”
Diaz and Paul have traded barbs in the past, but now that Diaz is out of his UFC contract and Paul is in the MMA world, this fight keeps looking more and more feasible.
We also have Anthony Pettis chiming in on a potential bout with Jake Paul. Pettis, despite being 1-4 in his last 5, is still one of the most crafty strikers and grapplers in MMA today. Pettis, Diaz, Robert Wilkerson — it could be anyone and we’ll be tuning in to watch.