Does Logan Paul’s Israel Adesanya, Alexander Volkanovski viral grappling training video indicate Paul brothers’ transition from boxing to MMA?

Logan Paul had seemingly bid farewell to the world of competitive combat sports a while ago. But now new footage has begun to raise some speculations about the former Vine star making a new transition.

Recently, ‘Maverick’ shared a video on his Instagram stories featuring him grappling with UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya and featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski. 

Logan Paul trains with Israel Adesanya, Alexander Volkanovski

Paul, who is known for his involvement in WWE and influencer boxing, has renewed his contract with WWE. Earlier he ‘unofficially’ retired from boxing after going through injury.

In his most recent appearance, he faced the current WWE World heavyweight champion Seth Rollins at WrestleMania in April. 

The 28-year-old has not competed in a boxing match since his exhibition bout against Floyd Mayweather in June 2021, which ended in a draw. 

Logan Paul

Meanwhile, his younger brother Jake is scheduled to fight Nate Diaz in a boxing match in August.

Coming to the UFC side, Volkanovski is set to defend his title in a unification bout against interim champion Yair Rodriguez in the main event of UFC 290 in July, while Adesanya is expected to headline UFC 293 in September, marking the promotion’s return to Sydney, Australia.

The training collab between the Youtube star and the reigning UFC champions seemingly came out of nowhere but athletes from different sports have previously trained together on numerous occasions.

So the sparring footage may be exciting to see but it doesn’t necessarily imply that the older Paul brother will transition to MMA, especially considering his poor boxing record.

Are Paul brothers going to compete in MMA?

Jake Paul, the YouTuber-turned-boxer, has expressed his intention to compete in MMA this year after signing a multi-year deal with the Professional Fighters League (PFL). 

Logan Paul

Additionally, Paul will serve as the PFL’s ‘head of fighter advocacy’ and is likely to participate in a newly-established division called Super Fight. The Super Fight Division aims to ensure fighters receive at least 50% of the pay-per-view revenue. ‘The Problem Child’ has been a vocal critic of the UFC and its president Dana White, especially regarding fighter compensation.

Jake Paul calls out Conor McGregor once again

Following recent derogatory comments made by Conor McGregor about Paul, the American influencer fired back during an episode of his brother Logan Paul’s podcast, Impaulsive.

“Guess what, Conor? I’ll beat the f–king f–k out of you and you can’t box as good as me. I’m gonna do to Nate [Diaz] what you couldn’t, which is knock him the f–k out. You’re gonna be sitting there with your new beer company that’s failing, drinking it, drunk as f–k, realizing that you pissed your life away drinking at the end of the bottle,” said Jake.

Despite McGregor’s absence from the octagon since July 2021 due to a leg injury sustained in a defeat against Dustin Poirier, he remains a notable figure in the world of MMA. 

Conor is a former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion, and he holds a prominent place as one of the most popular and influential stars in the history of the promotion.

Would you be interested to see the Paul brothers compete in MMA? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

Sami Haider

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Sami Haider is a UFC/boxing journalist who connects combat sports to pop culture. His deep passion for the UFC started in 2018, triggered by the UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor fight. He is a passionate writer who has a profound love for the sport and the skills that are used in it. Through his work, Sami aspires to connect combat sportsmen and their enthusiastic fans.


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