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Jake Paul set to take on former UFC champion Tyron Woodley in a boxing match

Boxing: Jake Paul pulls another prank on Floyd Mayweather

Paul has agreed a deal to face former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley in a boxing match, according to reports Stateside.

Sources have confirmed to The Athletic that the pair have agreed to the matchup, and are set to compete at an event at a date to be confirmed in due course.

Paul’s last outing saw him go toe to toe with former Bellator and ONE Championship welterweight champion Ben Askren, who is renowned as a wrestler, but unheralded as a striker.

Paul scored a stunning first-round knockout to claim victory in their bout on April 17 at Triller Fight Club.

Since that win, Paul has attempted to goad a host of UFC personalities into fights with him.

Retired former middleweight champion Michael Bisping, former two-weight champion Conor McGregor and retired former two-division champ Daniel Cormier were all called out by Paul on social media.

Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley

Jake Paul is set to face Tyron Woodley under boxing rules (Image: GETTY)

And Cormier even confronted Paul at cageside during the UFC 261 pay-per-view event in Jacksonville, Florida as the pair went face-to-face in a tense exchange between bouts at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena.

Paul’s older brother, Logan Paul, is set to step through the ropes for his second professional bout on June 6.

Logan, who lost his professional debut to fellow YouTuber KSI in November 2019, will take on 50-0 boxing legend Floyd Mayweather at the Miami Dolphins’ Hard Rock Stadium.

But to date, it has been Jake who has made the bigger success of his prizefighting career.

Jake, 24, made his professional boxing debut against fellow YouTuber AnEsonGib in January 2020, and knocked out the British vlogger in just two minutes, 18 seconds in Miami.

He then followed up that win with a huge second-round knockout of former NBA star Nate Robinson last November at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

“The Problem Child” then faced Askren in Atlanta, Georgia, and finished him in 119 seconds to score the fastest win of his career to date.

Now Paul is set to face Woodley, a former undisputed welterweight champion who fought in the octagon as recently as March.

However, Woodley’s form has dipped alarmingly since he lost the belt to current champion Kamaru Usman at UFC 235 in March 2019.

Since his unanimous decision loss, Woodley has failed to register a victory inside the octagon, as he slumped into a four-fight losing skid.

He lost a decision to Brazilian contender Gilbert Burns, then was finished via injury TKO in the final round of his main event bout with former interim champion Colby Covington last September.

Most recently, Woodley initially looked refreshed and revitalised against rising contender Vicente Luque, but was then rocked, then submitted by the Brazilian at UFC 260 in March.

Now it has been reported that Woodley is set to face Paul under boxing rules, with the bout likely to present the toughest test of Paul’s fledgling boxing career.

Woodley, despite his poor form at the elite level of MMA, is a heavy-handed puncher with outstanding conditioning.

He’ll also fight with a sizeable chip on his shoulder.

Woodley is a longtime teammate of former Paul victim Askren, and will also be keen to bounce back from his own run of poor form.

Paul, whose latest two bouts have come under the Triller Fight Club banner, declared himself a free agent earlier this month before signing a multi-fight deal with U.S. pay-per-view giants Showtime.

The matchup may also mark the end of Woodley’s UFC career, with UFC-contracted fighters typically not permitted to partake in other combat sports events while under the terms of their active UFC deals.

The one notable exception was Conor McGregor, who took on Mayweather in a huge pay-per-view boxing event in August 2017 and eventually lost via 10th-round TKO.

Woodley’s last fight was his last under his UFC contract, leaving him as a free agent, and with the American’s decision to head into a fight with a YouTuber, it may well mark the end of his career as a UFC fighter with a return to the octagon now looking unlikely, at best.

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Celebration of Life service set for Longhorns linebacker Jake Ehlinger

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A Celebration of Life service for University of Texas student and Longhorns linebacker Jake Ehlinger, 20, will be held at Austin’s Riverbend Church Home for Hope Wednesday, May 12 at 12 p.m.

Ehlinger, the younger brother of former Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger, died Thursday near the University of Texas campus, according to the Austin Police Department.

Additional details about the service are expected in the coming days. On Jake’s obituary page, the Ehlinger family is asking for donations to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in lieu of flowers. The family will also let everyone know about other ways to honor Jake very soon, according to the obituary.

You can donate on a secure webpage by clicking here or by sending donations to Steve Vittornini at 478 Live Oak Lane, Spicewood, Texas 78669.

APD said it received a call Thursday at 12:18 p.m. reporting a death on the 1200 block of West 22nd Street. It said the circumstances of the death were not suspicious and identified the person as Jacob McAdams Ehlinger.

Jake and Sam Ehlinger’s father died in 2013 after having a heart attack while swimming in the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon in San Francisco.

Ehlinger’s mother, Jennifer, told KXAN there was “not a kinder, more gentle giant ever.”

Ehlinger spent two seasons on the Longhorns roster, joining the team from Westlake High School as a preferred walk-on before the 2019 season. Jake may have followed in his older brother’s footsteps to the UT campus, but made a name for himself on the football team and in the classroom.

Westlake head coach Todd Dodge said Jake got into the McCombs School of Business as a freshman.

“We’re all just at an absolute loss for words. There’s nothing that we can say. Our prayers that our Lord will wrap his beautiful arms around this family, because it’s just so tragic,” Dodge said.

Author: Andrew Schnitker
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin

UT Austin community remembers Longhorns linebacker Jake Ehlinger

UT Austin community remembers Longhorns

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The cause of University of Texas football player Jake Ehlinger’s death is still a mystery. The 20 year old was found dead in the West Campus area of Austin around noon Thursday.

Jake was the younger brother of Sam Ehlinger, the former Longhorns quarterback who was drafted last week by NFL’s Indianapolis Colts.

El Arroyo honors Jake Ehlinger by displaying his jersey numbers on its famous marquee (KXAN Photo/Todd Bynum)
El Arroyo honors Jake Ehlinger by displaying his jersey numbers on its famous marquee (KXAN Photo/Todd Bynum)

There’s still no new information surrounding Jake’s death as of Friday, but Austin Police does believe the circumstances of the death were not suspicious. UT Athletics also said Friday it is unable to release any additional information at this time.

With the news still fresh on the minds of many UT supporters, condolences have poured out from all over the community.

El Arroyo, a staple restaurant in Austin, changed its famous marquee sign to display Jake’s jersey numbers (48) on Friday.

DeMarvion Overshown, a fellow UT linebacker, wrote Twitter that Jake came in knowing that being the star quarterback’s little brother would be a title he could never get rid of.

Overshown went on to say Jake still made a name for himself as soon as he stepped foot on UT’s campus, with a smile held high and jokes that could make everyone laugh.

Jake and Sam Ehlinger both played football at Westlake High School before going to UT. KXAN spoke with Westlake Coach Todd Dodge, who has been keeping close contact with the Ehlinger family. Dodge said he talked with Sam 15 minutes after he heard the news of his brother’s passing.

“Jake was the linebacker version of Sam in our program. He was tough, physical, but oh so playful,” said Dodge. “We don’t know why. I guess we don’t have to know why, but we believe we know where Jake is now.”

  • Jake Ehlinger, left, with his brother Sam Ehlinger, right (Courtesy Texas Athletics)

Dodge said Jake got into the McCombs School of Business as a freshman. The interim dean of the school tweeted Thursday evening they are “heartbroken learning the news,” and this is a “terrible loss in our community.”

Author: Kaitlyn Karmout
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin

UFC’s McGregor tells Mayweather to ‘f*ck off’

Conor McGregor has weighed in on the shocking brawl between Floyd Mayweather and Jake Paul, directing crude insults at his former opponent while claiming he is in the “drain” and would make far more money through a “real” fight.

Sporting icon Mayweather and YouTuber-turned-boxer Paul were involved in a huge scrap after the 24-year-old stole the veteran’s cap when they came face-to-face at the press conference for the former champion’s fight with Paul’s brother, Logan.

That was all the invitation McGregor, who changed disciplines from MMA to boxing to lose to Mayweather in one of the most lucrative fights of all time in 2017, needed to accuse his old rival of acting shamefully.

“What the f*ck is Floyd at?” asked the UFC megastar, directing his initial question at Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions.

“The kid [Paul] curled up, didn’t fight back once, and Floyd is still running around acting the tough guy.”

That amounted to an interesting interpretation of a situation in which Paul had placed himself center stage at a press call that was not his own, whispering to a camera that he intended to thieve Mayweather’s cap before duly carrying out the incendiary deed.

“The kid actually just pulled this shambles of a situation Floyd is in out of the drain for him,” McGregor said, suggesting that Mayweather needs the money and is picking easy opponents.

“He should thank him. It’s embarrassing. Pro to pro, it’s embarrassing. He will not scratch 10 million for this fight and he knows it.

“It was canceled once already [in January, before being rescheduled for June 6]. The world is watching this on Twitter. He’d fight a half-decent pro and command 20 million upwards, yet it’s this sh*t.”

McGregor signed off his latest rant by alluding to the slap he placed on Mayweather’s head during the fierce press conferences that preceded their bout.

“Whatever way you spin this, it’s sad,” he said. “Fight someone for real, on your record, or f*ck off, mate. Slap head.”

Paul responded “gotcha hat” – the words he said to Mayweather as he swiped his cap, and which he has already turned into branding for merchandise in a logo that he seems certain to endlessly trot out over forthcoming months.

The loudmouth took to social media to show fans that he has already had the cringeworthy catchphrase tattooed on his arm, while others backing McGregor in comments on his post included UFC hall-of-famer Urijah Faber and Dillon Danis, one of the Irishman’s teammates.

“They should thank for you for even posting this,” said the man known for his explosive part in the aftermath to McGregor’s defeat against Khabib Nurmagomedov, responding to his idol in typically sycophantic style.

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More shame for boxing as Floyd Mayweather threatens to kill Jake Paul

YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul says he was hit by “one of Floyd’s 30 bodyguards” in an almighty scrap that saw icon Mayweather threaten to “kill you, motherf*cker”, reacting after the yob stole his hat during a face-off.

Even by the standards of master trash-talkers Mayweather and Paul, few would have expected the colossal scrap that ensued after the upstart pulled a stunt on the revered veteran as they exchanged barbs during the promotional event for the 44-year-old’s farcical fight on June 6 against Paul’s brother, Logan.

Approaching his sibling’s notoriously short-tempered rival at the vast Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, provocative Paul whispered to the camera that he was planning to pinch one of Mayweather’s famously expensive garments from the renowned fashion fanatic.

“I’m going to steal Floyd Mayweather’s hat,” confided Paul in a pledge that had all the hallmarks of a scripted stand-off more worthy of wrestling than boxing. “I’ll let you know how it goes.”

If the incendiary incident was planned, few could have predicted the immense scale of the skirmish that followed, with Mayweather barking at Paul while attempting to land blows on him in a confusing frenzy of attempted violence that carried on indoors and through at least one corridor in a blur of brawling.

Cameras struggled to keep up with the dizzying dust-up, making it increasingly hard to keep up with exactly where the pair were and who was involved.

A supremely proud man, Mayweather could be heard repeatedly accusing the 24-year-old of disrespect while threatening to “kill” the “motherf*cker”.

“Honestly – have had three easy fights as a pro so been itching for some real action,” Paul said on social media afterwards, referencing his victories over pitifully poor opponents in his boxing career so far, most recently trouncing ex-NBA star Nate Robinson and former UFC fighter Ben Askren in two novelty encounters.

“One of Floyd’s 30 bodyguards got a clean shot on me in the eye. Respect.”

Matters were less physical but arguably more poisonous inside the stadium, where Logan Paul brought his record of one fight, one defeat – against fellow YouTuber KSI – to the stage as he towered over the relatively diminutive Mayweather.

The unbeaten 50-fight fighter called Paul his “grandchild” and offered to fight both brothers on the same night, which he could likely do with confidence given the ease with which he has disposed of established fighters during his decorated career.

Evoking a shocking misjudgement by Paul when he filmed himself with friends telling jokes next to what appeared to be a dead body in a forest in Japan in 2017, Mayweather, who has a huge audience in Japan and held a lucrative fight there, told him: “I know what you did in Japan.”

In a tasteless response, Paul fired back by telling Mayweather that he knew “what you did to your wife” – a likely reference to Mayweather’s history of charges for domestic violence, which have included a brief jail sentence.

Jake Paul, meanwhile, portrayed himself with a torn shirt, looking into the camera to laugh “got your f*cking hat” before touting baseball caps that were already on sale online, branded with the words “gotcha hat”.

It came across as emblematic of the money-making mismatch that the main event will undoubtedly be, and a dispiriting validation of scenes that even a showboater of Mayweather’s standards should have had the sense to steer clear of.

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Longhorns linebacker Jake Ehlinger found dead off campus

Longhorns linebacker Jake Ehlinger found dead off campus

AUSTIN (KXAN) — University of Texas student and Longhorns linebacker Jake Ehlinger, 20, was found dead off campus, according to his friends who spoke to KXAN.

The Austin Police Department said it received a call Thursday at 12:18 p.m. reporting a death on the 1200 block of West 22nd Street. It said the circumstances of the death were not suspicious and identified the person as Jacob McAdams Ehlinger.

Jake Ehlinger is the younger brother of former Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger, who was recently drafted by the Indianapolis Colts. In a video posted to the Longhorns’ Twitter account May 1, Jake Ehlinger can be seen in orange celebrating the moment his brother got the call from the Colts. A reporter for the Athletic reports Sam Ehlinger has left the Colts’ rookie camp in Indianapolis and has returned to Austin.

Jake Ehlinger was a preferred walk-on for the Longhorns in 2019. He was most recently listed as a sophomore on the team’s roster. He was not listed on any injury reports this spring. Before that, he played for Westlake High School and helped the team head to back-to-back 6A State semifinal appearances.

Texas defenders Jake Ehlinger, left, and B.J. Foster, right, tackle Kayvontay Dixon (16) during the first half of the Texas Orange and White Spring Scrimmage football game in Austin, Texas, Saturday, April 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Thomas)
Texas defenders Jake Ehlinger, left, and B.J. Foster, right, tackle Kayvontay Dixon (16) during the first half of the Texas Orange and White Spring Scrimmage football game in Austin, Texas, Saturday, April 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Thomas)

Jake and Sam Ehlinger’s father died in 2013 after having a heart attack while swimming in the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon in San Francisco.

Ehlinger’s mother, Jennifer, told KXAN there was “not a kinder, more gentle giant ever.”

Westlake High School football coach Todd Dodge, a close friend to the family, said he spent the afternoon with them, particularly to comfort Ehlinger’s younger sister. He said Sam Ehlinger called him on the phone 15 minutes after receiving the news.

“He sounded stone cold. Like he couldn’t believe it. He was completely composed, but I know that his mind was spinning,” Dodge said. “We’re all just at an absolute loss for words. There’s nothing that we can say. Our prayers that our Lord will wrap his beautiful arms around this family, because it’s just so tragic.”

Dodge said Sam Ehlinger has left Indianapolis to be with his family. However, funeral arrangements have not been announced yet.

UT athletics shows support for the Ehlinger family

UT Athletics Director Chris Del Conte released a statement about Jake’s passing Thursday night, saying in part, “Our hearts are truly broken and we are just devastated today to learn of the passing of our Longhorn family member Jake Ehlinger. Jake was an amazing young man from an extraordinary family with such a bright future ahead of him. It’s just such a tragedy that we are all really struggling with. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones and friends, especially the Ehlinger family and our entire football program. Jake’s family — Sam, Jena and Morgen — are such vital parts of our Longhorn family, and we will be here to support them in any and every way we can during this very difficult time.”

He went on to say their focus is providing support to Jake’s family, the football team, coaches and staff and those impacted in the athletics department. Grief counseling and mental health resources will be available.

Del Conte ended his statement asking everyone to respect the family’s privacy.

Head Coach Steve Sarkisian called Jake a “tremendous person” and “everything you could ask for in a student-athlete” in a statement he released at the same time.

“We have an extremely heavy heart with the news of the passing of our beloved teammate, friend and Longhorn family member Jake Ehlinger. Words cannot express the depth of our sadness and the huge void we are feeling, but above all else, our hearts pour out to Sam, Jena, Morgen and the entire Ehlinger family,” Sarkisian’s statement read, in part. “Being a Longhorn meant everything to him, and he truly embodied all that it means to be one. In the short time we were able to get to know him, he always was a joy to be around and gave everything he had in workouts, meetings, practice and in life.”

He said now is the time to “open our hearts” and come together to support not only each other, but especially the Ehlinger family.

Outside of the West Campus home, UT football players declined to comment, saying they wanted to leave that up to the family. A few shared some thoughtful words about him, saying “he loved to make people laugh.”

Author: Kate Winkle
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin

UFC standout Usman warns YouTuber Jake Paul

‘I can change your life in the worst way’: UFC standout Usman warns YouTuber Jake Paul as vicious war of words escalates.

UFC superstar Kamaru Usman has fired a warning to YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul, saying that Paul could “truly get hurt” if he keeps pushing forward with his desire to box the UFC welterweight champion.

Internet prankster Paul took aim at Usman after Paul’s heated confrontation with former UFC champion Daniel Cormier at the recent UFC 261 event in Jacksonville after Usman defeated rival fighter – and occasional Jake Paul confidante – Jorge Masvidal.

Following the event, Usman stated that he would be happy to teach Paul a lesson in the boxing ring, given that he says he has “lapped” the rest of the competition in the UFC’s 170lbs fold after already holding wins against top contenders Masvidal (twice), Colby Covington and Leon Edwards.

Paul responded affirmatively to Usman’s apparent challenge – but Usman shot back to remind the internet celebrity that he’s not a “Disney kid“, referencing Paul’s two-season stint on the Disney television show ‘Bizaardvark’.

Paul, though, perhaps sensing another payday, shot back on Twitter.

So let’s get this straight,” wrote Paul. “1. Usman calls me out to fight on TMZ sports interview. 2. I quickly accept the challenge to fight and will give him biggest pay day of career ($ 10m+).

3. Usman then backs out of fight because I’m ‘a Disney kid’. 4. Usman visits Disney world.

‘The Nigerian Nightmare’, though, clearly wasn’t impressed by Paul’s grandstanding and fired back with what could only be described as a chilling warning towards the novice boxer.

I understand you think this is a game which is probably why you don’t realize that this is how people truly get hurt,” wrote the UFC welterweight champion.

I don’t play fighting and I can change your life in the worst way.

Usman’s stance was backed by legions of fight fans on social media, few of whom gave Jake Paul any realistic chance of emerging successfully from a boxing match against one of the world’s standout mixed martial arts fighters.

Kamaru is probably just scared of you. He’s fought world-class strikers, decorated wrestlers, and people who have been training MMA for over 20 years, but he’s never faced a YouTuber with two pro fights before,” responded one fan on Twitter.

I’m putting my money on the guy who knocked out Masvidal (for the first time in his career) who is light years ahead of Jake in striking,” agreed another, while a third sarcastically suggested that Paul’s online taunt will have deeply affected the UFC welterweight champion.

Ah, yes. Usman is totally scared. He’s shivering in his boots as we speak,” they said.

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Jake Quickenden shares adorable message with baby Leo

Jake Quickenden has shared an adorable message with baby Leo as he opens up about his journey into fatherhood.

The X Factor star and his partner Sophie Church welcomed Leo Oliver into the world at 3.10am on Friday, February 26.

Jake, from Scunthorpe, has told Leo to “never be afraid to be yourself no matter what” in a touching Instagram post.

In a recent post, he wrote: “You have changed me for the better Leo, everything I do now is for you!

“You have been here eight weeks and it’s flown by – you’re getting so much bigger, smiling more every day and your personality is starting to shine through.

“I will always be there for you and fight for you!

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Jake Quickenden with baby Leo
Jake Quickenden with baby Leo

“Never be afraid to be yourself no matter what. I will never judge you but always support you just as my mum and dad did with me.

“We will make mistakes together and we will learn together. Love you little man.”

Leo Oliver was named after Jake’s late brother, Oliver, who sadly died at aged just 19, after a battle with bone cancer in 2012.

He is Jake’s first child and Sophie’s second after six-year-old Freddie, who is already enjoying his role as an older brother.

Since Leo’s birth, Jake has been sharing adorable anecdotes about his ‘fatherhood journey’ with his baby boy.

Today he wrote: “LOVE…. I have to post this this morning and hopefully it makes you smile!

“The fatherhood journey is the best, everyday Leo is changing and doing new things, as you can all tell I’m absolutely obsessed with my little family now!

“I don’t want to wish away a moment it’s easy to say ‘I can’t wait till he can walk or talk etc.’ but the little baby stage is so beautiful and rewarding!

“Leo’s still not sleeping great but it’s getting better and I love just watching him! Have a great week love from us all.”

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Despite being only weeks old, Leo already has his own Instagram page, where his parents post pictures of their “beautiful boy”.

One post reads: “Hi guys… Daddy dressed me up like a lion and when I’m old enough I’m going to smash his face in for this!”

Another post reads: “Hi guys! Kept mum and dad awake all night because I’m a gangster and it was hilarious watching dad trying to calm me down.

“After he changed my nappy I did a poo straight away which also really made me laugh as he had to change me again! Not sure my vibe today, might behave might not.”

And other reads: “Guys just downed my milk and now I’m completely steaming, being milk drunk is the best…. yeeehaaa.”

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Jake Paul reacts to Cormier clash, challenges Kamaru Usman to make 'biggest payday'

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Jake Paul’s appearance at UFC 261 caused quite a stir, and led to headlines when he was involved in a heated exchange with former two-time UFC champion Daniel Cormier.

Paul had challenged Cormier to a boxing match, and had previously referred to the now-retired former heavyweight and light heavyweight champion as “fat boy” on social media.

It led Cormier to confront Paul at UFC 261, before dismissing Paul’s boxing challenge and instead saying that if he wanted to fight him, it would have to be inside the cage.

But, speaking to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, Paul explained why he won’t fight Cormier under MMA rules.

“Of course he’s going to challenge me to an MMA fight,” he said.

“I find it funny because he’s challenging me to something I’ve never trained in, and he’s trained boxing and striking and standup and has been in there with Stipe (Miocic), Jon Jones.

“I mean, he lost those fights, but he’s been in there with the best of the best striking, so why not box?

“You want to go against me in something that I’ve never trained in before? Of course.

“That’s like me finding someone off the streets, literally who has never boxed a day in their lives, and being like, ‘OK, come in here, I’m going to challenge him.’

“Of course he’s going to duck the boxing offer. And by the way, there’s way more money in boxing, so we would make more money in a boxing match.

“Again, I’m a boxer. I never said that I will beat Daniel Cormier in an MMA fight.

“If he comes and boxes me, I will beat him. Maybe a part of him knows that, which is why it’s funny. Why would he not accept that offer?

“If we fought, that would be the most amount of money that he will ever make in any of his fights, by far.”

Cormier approached Paul during a break between fights at UFC 261 and the pair exchanged heated words.

But the exchange didn’t escalate into physical violence, and Paul said the reason it didn’t was because Cormier lost his nerve.

“Dana White wouldn’t have done anything if you wanted to lay your hand on me,” he said.

“You had your chance and you b****** out. It’s embarrassing. And you’re an embarrassment, and you’re not a man of your word.

“These guys, man, they have something twisted up in their mind. They don’t see reality how it’s really playing out.

“Actions speak louder than words, and their words are worthless.”

Despite taking aim at Cormier’s actions – or lack of them – at UFC 261, Paul did reveal he has great respect for “DC’s” accomplishments as an athlete.

“I don’t mean (he’s) an embarrassment as a fighter. He’s a Hall of Famer,” he said.

“I respect him for what he’s done as a fighter, what he’s done for the sport is amazing.

“He’s a great wrestler, he’s a great striker, I’ve watched him multiple times.

“I don’t mean an embarrassment that way. I mean an embarrassment like, if you say you’re going to slap another man and you’re going to threaten someone and say you’re going to slap someone when you see them, and when you don’t do that, it’s embarrassing.

“He, as a person, isn’t embarrassing. That’s embarrassing.”

With a bout against Cormier seemingly a non-starter, Paul subsequently moved on to another name, as he took to Twitter to issue a fresh challenge, to undisputed UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, who knocked out Jorge Masvidal in spectacular fashion at UFC 261.

“Challenge accepted,” Paul tweeted.

“@USMAN84kg if your boss Dana gives you permission to box me and make more money than you ever have, let me know and we can lace them up.

“I promise it will be your biggest payday.”

Paul had previously floated potential matchups with former 170-pound UFC champ Tyron Woodley and Nate Diaz.

‘Pay your fighters’: Jake Paul takes aim over UFC pay packets as feud with promotion president Dana White escalates

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YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul has upped the ante in his feud with UFC president Dana White, saying that he earned more in his one round fight with Ben Askren than the vast majority of UFC fighters.

Paul’s fledgling boxing career continued earlier this month when he earned a quick KO against MMA veteran Askren but the social media star’s developing rivalry with UFC boss White looks set to escalate further after Paul attended Saturday’s UFC 261 card in Jacksonville, Florida.

Paul, who had a confrontation with ex-UFC champ Daniel Cormier at the event, was issued with some measured praise from White in his post-fight press conference for his ability to generate buzz and create paydays for himself – but White was quick to list the differences between the type of fights Paul seeks and his own brand of fight promotion.

I don’t even know what to think about the [Ben] Askren thing. The whole thing is f*cking mind-boggling to me, but good for him. Grab that money while you can, kid,” White said.

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White, however, admitted that he wasn’t on board with reports that the Triller-backed bout between Paul and Askren was a lucrative one amid reports that it sold more than one million pay-per-views.

I don’t believe anything [Triller] say,” White said. “That’s a f*cking circus. None of that is real.

“Do you think any of that sh*t that’s going on over there is real? C’mon, man. I built a real business here, a real sport.”

Paul’s declared purse of $ 640,000 will likely swell considerably when his share of PPV sales are added, and the 24-year-old was quick to point out on social media that his pay for one fight was higher than the total most UFC fighters collect.

In my third fight, I made more money in total pay than any fighter in UFC history,” Paul wrote in a long social media post directed at White.

“Maybe it’s time to pay your fighters their fair share? No wonder they all want to get into boxing. Dana, you say you make the fights the fans want to see, so hurry up and make [Jon] Jones vs. [Francis] Ngannou. Pay them their fair share. $ 10 million purse for each guy plus pay-per-view.

Why are UFC fighters so underpaid versus boxers? Why did I make more in my third fight than all but two (Khabib [Nurmagomedov] and Conor [McGregor]) UFC fighters have in history? I know why.”

Paul’s criticism of White and the UFC’s pay structure comes at a time when Jones, the former longtime light heavyweight champion, is seeking a mammoth payday to take on Ngannou in what would be Jones’ heavyweight debut, with White apparently unwilling to entertain Jones’ demands – which he hinted was in the $ 30 million range.

Several other fighters have stated their dissatisfaction with UFC pay and have moved to other organizations, such as Bellator and ONE Championship, in pursuit of loftier purses.

But as Paul has proved, there are other avenues in which fighters can earn a quick buck – and, in his case at least, you don’t even have to be a high-level boxer.

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