Jake Paul wants to box Jorge Masvidal next
There's no shortage of mixed martial artists ready to battle the YouTube content creator who turned pro boxer Jake Paul. The list seems to be growing by the hour.
Former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley wants a rematch against Paul after losing by split decision in his boxing match on August 29th. Former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort called Paul after beating Evander Holyfield in an exhibition match on Sunday. Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has expressed an interest in stepping into the ring with Paul. Everyone wants to fight Jake Paul.
If Paul had his way, his next fight would be UFC welterweight boxing Jorge Masvidal. "Gamebred" is number 6 in the 170 pound division and is lost to champion Kamaru Usman in a row. Masvidal is 36 years old and has a bit of a history with Paul.
Masvidal appeared on a FaceTime call with Paul during the pre-fight press conference for his boxing match against Ben Askren. That relationship turned sour when Masvidal predicted Woodley would knock Paul out.
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"Only from a personal point of view I would love it if it (his next opponent) were Masvidal. Only because of the shit talk. Only because of his name. Only because he is still in his prime and there is a lot of personal beef there," said Paul during an appearance on The MMA Hour. "I just turned off his boy, Tyron."
"I think that would be the toughest challenge, the toughest guy and the biggest name. The most relevant right now, so I think this is the one," said Paul. "It's at the top of my list."
Masvidal is under contract with the UFC and needs permission to fight Paul in a boxing match. UFC President Dana White recently didn't allow Georges St-Pierre to box Oscar De La Hoya, but he did allow Conor McGregor to box Floyd Mayweather.
"Hopefully Dana would release him from his contract, but we're not sure if that can happen," said Paul. "His father Dana White just has to let him go, and that's what matters."
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