Jake Paul has claimed there are conversations happening with the UFC over a potential crossover fight.
Paul, 24, has been riding high over the course of the last twelve months with wins over Nate Robinson and Ben Askren as he attempts to grow his brand in the world of pro boxing. Of course, his antics haven’t always been particularly well received, and some fans can’t stand any of the trend.
His victory against Askren was the one that seemed to draw MMA fans into conversation with Jake calling out a series of high-profile fighters.
After a number of familiar UFC faces bought into it and called Paul out themselves, it became clear that this gimmick wasn’t going away anytime soon. Now, during an interview with Chael Sonnen, Paul has hinted at the idea of a “crossover” fight in the future.
“Look, there’s conversations happening,” Paul said. “I believe Kamaru’s manager is already in talks with Dana and I think that’s all I can say. A hundred percent, I’m down for all the smoke. I want all the smoke. Daniel Cormier, another example.”
As opposed to Paul heading over to the octagon, it appears as if this deal would involve a UFC fighter being “loaned out” to take on ‘The Problem Child’ inside the squared circle.
UFC president Dana White has already definitively said he doesn’t want that to happen but in the fight business, money talks.
Usman’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, is considered to be one of the most powerful managers in mixed martial arts. With that in mind, it’s not hard to picture a scenario in which some form of opportunity arises for all sides to come together.
Paul has said in the past one of his biggest goals would be to box Conor McGregor, but the Irishman is currently preparing for his trilogy fight against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264.
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