Fri. Dec 9th, 2022

Jake Paul has big opportunities on the horizon. According to PFL CEO Pete Murray, Paul fighting for the MMA promotion in the future is a serious possibility.

“The Problem Child” has spent the past 2 years disrupting the sport of boxing, putting together a record of 5-0 as a professional since January 2020. Along the way he’s even managed to score massive KOs over former UFC fighters such as Tyron Woodley and Ben Askren – to the dismay of many MMA fans.

Public opinion on Paul is still split down the middle, however at this point no one can deny the conversation he is creating.

Having already inserted himself into the MMA picture by boxing big name mixed martial artists and feuding with UFC president Dana White, Paul has begun to tease a true venture into the MMA world. Recently he took to social media to share footage of him drilling leg kicks for the first time.

Speculation about a potential move first started when Sports Business Journal claimed that the PFL was engaging in “early talks” with Paul and his agent, Nakisa Bidarian.

“Fans have seen him in the ring and this’d be an opportunity to see how he’d fare in the cage. We’re down with it.” -PFL CEO Pete Murray

More was revealed when the PFL boss spoke to MMA Junkie, confirming that there is a real chance Paul could one day enter their cage.

“If any major athlete that is considering and wants to get into MMA, of course the PFL is in the conversation,” Murray said.

“What the PFL is about is offering fighters opportunities and fans access to great events. Jake has certainly got a large global following. He’s got a strong point of view. He’s a real athlete, and he’s established himself in boxing. If he’s looking at MMA as that next opportunity in parallel, perhaps with boxing, of course we’re going to have a conversation.”

Back in December, Paul violently knocked out Tyron Woodley, after the former UFC welterweight champion stepped in on short notice – replacing Tommy Fury.

Paul is now looking towards Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. as his next boxing opponent. Chavez Jr. is 53-6 as a pro and a former WBC middleweight champion, easily making him the most accomplished boxer Jake will have faced. Notably however, he is 2-3 in his last 5 and seemingly past his prime, last losing to Anderson Silva.

One thing is clear and it is that Jake Paul has options. If he were to beat Chavez Jr. then transition into MMA, it would speak volumes about his confidence as an athlete and a competitor – while also raising his stock.

 

By Ben Matthews

Aspiring journalist in the UK. Currently studying for a degree in Journalism and Publishing from BSU.