MMA fighters frequently underappreciate YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul since many of them believe the ring opponents that he defeated were not strong enough. Jake’s most recent fight challenge came from the retired UFC fighter Luke Rockhold.
Jake Paul started off the year by signing in the Professional Fighters League in order to get his career in mixed martial arts off the ground. Jake has agreed to a multi-fight, multi-year deal with UFC’s rival promotion.
— MMA UNDERGROUND (@theUG) January 20, 2023
The Problem Child made his professional boxing debut against Ali Eson Gib in 2020 and quickly became a big name in the world of combat sports due to the fact that he has never lost a boxing bout and recently won a bout against the veteran Brazilian fighter Anderson Silva.
Jake’s wins include victories over former mixed martial arts fighters Ben Askren and Tyron Woodley.
The online sensation, however, has shocked everyone by announcing that he is taking a break from boxing to pursue a career in mixed martial arts for PFL. Jake has taken on the responsibilities of Head of Fighter Advocacy and his work as a fighter for this mixed martial arts company.
Luke Rockhold hasn't been impressed by the Paul brothers 😳 #TheMMAHour
— MMA Fighting (@MMAFighting) January 23, 2023
After signing with the PFL, Jake immediately offered retired UFC fighter Nate Diaz a two-fight deal, consisting of one mixed martial arts and one boxing match. Former middleweight champion Rockhold has spoken out about Jake’s desire to battle Diaz, another retired MMA fighter.
“Stop trying to fight little dudes, man. F**king fifty-five-pounder, you’re a middleweight, if you want to fight a middleweight… I mean hey, I got hands. I got hands. I mean we could do anything we want. I mean I really don’t care, I’d beat that guy in my sleep so.” Luke said in an interview with TMZ Sports.
Luke Rockhold is coming out of retirement after his UFC release.
— MMA Junkie (@MMAJunkie) January 24, 2023
The 38-year-old fighter retired after a third straight loss last year, but his recent comments suggest he is determined to return in order to take down Jake Paul.