YouTuber turned pro boxer Jake Paul has called rival Conor McGregor’s recent decline in mixed martial arts “embarrassing”.
Over the course of the last decade there’s been no bigger name in MMA – or combat sports as a whole – than Conor McGregor. “The Notorious” enjoyed a rapid rise to the top of the featherweight division and subsequently went on to become the first ever simultaneous two-weight UFC champion, capturing the lightweight title at UFC 205.
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Alas, his recent ventures haven’t been quite so successful both in and outside of the cage with crime-related issues going alongside defeats to Khabib Nurmagomedov and Dustin Poirier.
Now, as he attempts to recover from a broken leg suffered at UFC 264, many wonder whether the glory days of Conor McGregor have officially been and gone.
Jake Paul, though, has one end goal in mind; to box the Irishman in a professional bout.
“It’s embarrassing,” he told Mirror Fighting. “The big bad wolf is tumbling down and it’s almost sad to see.
“He became such a huge superstar and it’s all slipping down beneath him right now.”
Jake Paul started off as little more than a joke within the context of the news sphere but as time has gone on, he’s started to earn respect from many different sources.
He’s campaigned for fighter pay, helped to shine a spotlight on rising boxers, and he’s made a whole lot of money doing it. If he can keep building up this momentum then a payday against McGregor may not seem too outlandish after all.
“The Problem Child” will next step into the squared circle next Sunday on August 29 when he takes on former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.
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