- Jake Paul reiterated that he’s serious about fighting Conor McGregor
- The YouTuber’s insists that he still wants the UFC to give its fighters a pay bump’
As Conor McGregor prepares for his long-awaited return, Jake Paul barged in and proposed that he takes on “The Notorious” via a one-fight deal with the UFC. Apparently, it was no publicity as “The Problem Child” recently stressed that he’s dead serious about it.
Jake Paul only needs one round?
In a recent interview with TMZ Sports, Paul predicted how a fight with McGregor will go down. As expected, the YouTuber-turned-pro boxer is confident he’ll beat the former UFC champ. Atop that, Paul is certain he will knock McGregor out in the very first round.
“Conor [McGregor] is on a downhill spiral,” Paul assessed. “His limbs are all broken. So, stand-up game, I’m coming out and knocking him out, first round.”
The offer is still on the table
Paul has been vocal about his call for UFC healthcare and fighter salary increase. In his one-fight proposal to UFC president Dana White, he noted that the promotion should give its fighters a pay bump if he wins. Should he lose, the UFC can take all his fight earnings and he’ll leave the company alone for good.
According to “The Problem Child,” not one bit has changed about his offer.
“If I win, then Dana has to increase the minimum of fighter pay,” he demanded. “If I lose, then they can take all of the money and whatever and so be it. But, I know I can beat Conor.”
The UFC is not interested
Ahead of the recent UFC Fight Night in London, White already addressed the buzz about Paul’s offer. As per the UFC boss, McGregor vs. Paul isn’t happening for two reasons. First, the two are “not even remotely close” in weight and second, White emphasized that the UFC is not the place for what Paul’s craft.
“That kid couldn’t even make 170 [pounds],” White told ESPN. “That’s how big he is. They’re not even remotely close to being in the same weight class. Not even remotely close. That kid’s 6’1” and 210 [pounds]. Conor McGregor’s 155 pounds.”
“This is the biggest fight promotion in the history of the world,” he pointed out. “We have all the best fighters in the world. That’s what I do. There’s always gonna be market for those types of fights. [But UFC] This isn’t the place for them.”
McGregor is hoping to make his UFC return sooner rather than later and has been recently working on his boxing. Paul, meanwhile, is coming off a sensational KO win over Tyron Woodley and has yet to book his next fight.