After an undefeated run as a professional boxer, YouTube sensation Jake Paul teased a transition to Mixed Martial Arts which could come as early as this year.
Paul (5-0) has stated in the past that a move from the ring to the cage was always the plan, but that transition may come sooner rather than later. In a video posted on his Twitter account, Paul confirmed he had recently begun leg kick training and tagged both Bellator MMA and the Professional Fighters League in the post.
“1st day training kicks. Doubted every step of the way.. but kick down the doors of the doubters. @bellatormma @pflmma,” Paul said on Twitter. PFL responded to the tweet with a GIF of an approving Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.
“I don’t see why if I can do boxing at this high of a level that I couldn’t do MMA at this high of a level,” Paul said while speaking to ESPN. “I’m gonna go get coached up by Jav Mendez, Team Khabib. That’s that.”
One Door Closes, Many More Open
After successfully defeating Tyron Woodley and moving to 5-0, Paul has continued to have a public feud with UFC President Dana White over issues like fighter pay and healthcare. While that feud likely shuts the door on a possible UFC appearance, Paul is garnering interest from other promotions including the aforementioned Bellator.
“I always said, ‘Look, these guys are real athletes, and they’re young, they work hard, they’re grinding it out,” Coker told MMA Junkie when asked about Jake and Logan Paul. “They’re putting in the work. You can’t take that away from them, and they’re getting better and better and better. What you saw with Woodley, that’s a lot of hard work to get to that point. I’ve never seen Woodley get knocked out like that, right? And so, is it just boxing? Yes. So, I always said, ‘Look, man, don’t underestimate these guys,’ and this was like a year-and-a-half ago.”
It also sounds like the PFL may have an interest in signing Paul for his MMA debut. Aside from the acknowledgment of Paul’s tweet, MMAmania also reported that Paul was in “advanced talks” with the PFL per their sources who are said to be with the Professional Fighters League.
At this time, details are scarce, but we do know that both Bellator and the PFL have openly expressed interest in Paul’s services. Where would you like to see Jake Paul make his MMA debut?
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