Woodley Blasts Strickland for Declining Paul’s Million-Dollar Sparring Offer

"Why the hell did you ask Hunter?" - Woodley

In a recent turn of events, former UFC champion Tyron Woodley criticized Sean Strickland for claiming that the UFC prevented him from accepting a million-dollar sparring challenge from Jake Paul. The offer emerged following a viral video of Strickland in a bloody sparring session with YouTuber Sneako. Jake Paul, also known as “The Problem Child,” proposed a sparring session in Puerto Rico for a hefty sum of one million dollars.

Strickland responded to the offer with threats directed at Paul on social media but later stated that UFC executive Hunter Campbell barred him from accepting. Woodley, who has faced Paul twice in the ring, questioned Strickland’s approach, suggesting that the UFC legally cannot stop him from sparring with the YouTube boxer.


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“Why the hell did you ask Hunter? You’re asking your dad if you can box,” Woodley commented on social media, implying Strickland’s unnecessary permission seeking. He further elaborated that legally, no one could prevent Strickland from accepting Paul’s gym-based sparring invitation, unlike a sanctioned match or an arena fight.


This controversy sheds light on the intricate relationship between fighters’ contracts with organizations like the UFC and their freedom to engage in external opportunities. While the sparring itself might not be the issue, the exchange of money for such an event raises questions about contract stipulations and athletes’ rights.

Tyron Woodley: “Why the hell did you ask Hunter? You’re asking your dad if you can box… Legally, they can’t stop him from sparring with Jake Paul.”

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