Former two-weight UFC champion Daniel Cormier has said he would “kill” Jake Paul if they ever fought.
Cormier, who retired from mixed martial arts after his trilogy with Stipe Miocic, is widely considered to be one of the greatest fighters of all time. From his early days in wrestling to his development in Strikeforce and the UFC, Cormier has been there and done it all.
Daniel Cormier laughs off ‘The Problem Child’
On the flip-side, Jake Paul is only just starting to come up through the ranks with his somewhat unconventional pro boxing career.
After Paul’s win over Ben Askren last weekend the two engaged in a back and forth on Twitter, and in the wake of that, Cormier has given his thoughts on how a fight between them would go down.
“This dude would never fight me. I would kill him. Why would I ever fight someone like that? But my immediate reaction was, ‘I can’t stand this kid.’ So it works! I can’t stand this kid! But who punches down? You don’t punch down to somebody. I’m the guy that’s in the Hall of Fame. I’m the guy that won two world championships at the same time,” Cormier said.
“I’m not gonna punch down to some kid that’s on YouTube that’s, like, ‘Fight me!’ Like, why? What have you done to earn the right to fight me? So, no, it’s silly and stupid. But I would like him to fight Tyron. I would like to see him fight somebody more real.
“Don’t fight Ben Askren at 190, bloated. Fight a middleweight (185 lbs in MMA). Fight Luke Rockhold! Let me see you fight Luke Rockhold or somebody like that. And then I will not only say that you have base skills, I will say you’re a real fighter. Because right now it’s all pretend. It’s all pretend.”
Whether it’s Cormier, McGregor or even KSI, there’s no denying that Paul is making a splash in the combat world, whether you agree with it or not.
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