CONFIRMED: JAKE PAUL FACES FORMER UFC CHAMPION TYRON WOODLEY
It looks like we’ll hear more from Jake Paul in the future.
It is now official that the YouTube star Jake Paul will box against another qualified MMA fighter: the former UFC champion Tyron Woodley. The Athletic writer Mike Coppinger was the first to report that Paul and Woodley have agreed to box later this year.
Coppinger also announced that Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley will face off in Miami on Friday to promote the fight.
The match will mark Woodley’s boxing debut after more than twelve years as a professional MMA fighter. In mid-2016, he won the UFC welterweight belt by knocking out Robbie Lawler in the first round, and it would be some time before 2019 before Woodley lost his UFC title to current champion Kamaru Usman.
It was the starting point for a downfall that Woodley still has not recovered from. He now has four straight losses in MMA and has been finished twice in a row. After his recent loss, Woodley and UFC went their separate ways after more than eight years in the organization.
Paul currently has three straight wins in his boxing career after finishing YouTube colleague Ali Eson Gib and former NBA player Nate Robinson.
In April, he knocked out former Bellator and ONE Championship champion Ben Askren in the first round. The match attracted a lot of attention and according to unconfirmed sources, it sold close to 1.5 million PPVs. Paul expects the match against Woodley to sell even better.
– This will be the most difficult boxing match I have ever had, and against the toughest and most famous opponent, Paul wrote on his Instagram.
We will break another PPV record in boxing.
Woodley is a training partner with Ben Askren and has previously challenged Jake Paul. Now he will have the chance to return to the winning column, even if it will be in the boxing ring.