Paddy Pimblett has responded to Jake Paul’s recent challenge for a $1 million sparring session.
Paul, the YouTube star-turned-boxer has been calling out a number of mixed martial artists to box against inside the ring. Recently, Paul took to social media to call out one of the UFC’s fastest rising stars at the moment, Paddy Pimblett. Paul offered to fly the lightweight star out on a private jet, and pay him $1 million dollars if he beats him in a sparring session in Puerto Rico.
Now, Pimblett has responded to the challenge in his latest “Paddy The Baddy” vlog on his YouTube channel. It seems like the English star has no problem sharing the ring with Paul – but on certain conditions.
Paddy Pimblett Fires Back At Jake Paul
The 27-year-old is slated to fight Jared Gordon this weekend at UFC 282. Pimblett pointed out it’s convenient that Paul challenged him to spar knowing he has a fight coming up so soon. He also suggested that they put the $1 million in an escrow account, as he doesn’t believe Paul would pay up after the session.
“Knowing full well I’m fighting next week,” Pimblett said. “I will spar him. Anytime. But the thing is, lad, we’d have to get the $1 million put in like an escrow. Because I know he wouldn’t give me $1 million after I just beat him up.”
Pimblett then teased that, if he did spar Paul in boxing, he could at any point, should he choose, take him down to the canvas and beat him down with his mixed martial arts (MMA) expertise.
“Lad, if I felt like it though, when I was sparring him I’d just pick him up and drop him on his head. I could though, couldn’t I? You know what I mean? If I felt like it. I could just shoot in, pick him up, drop him on his fog, and then kick him in the face on the floor if I wanted to. You know what I mean? You want to have a real fight??
“I’ve said to him, ‘Come and spar me on the 12th in the P.I. in Vegas. I’m there on the Monday, come and spar me. Let’s do it.’ And he says, ‘Oh I’ve got something I need to do. Come to Puerto Rico on the 19th or the 20th.’ No lad, I’m not doing it on your terms…
“If I fought Jake Paul, he’d have to come down to 180, 175 even. I fight at 155, he fights at 195, so we can meet in the middle. That’s the thing with Jake Paul, he always wants it on his terms. He’ll never have it with someone on an even playing field.”