Jake Paul is heading to MMA. The social media star turned boxer now plans to take his abilities to the cage as he introduced he has signed with the Professional Fighters League on Thursday. Paul, 25, additionally stated that he was changing into a co-founder of the brand new “PPV tremendous fights division” the place fighters will earn no less than a 50% break up of income from occasions.
Paul holds a 6-0 file contained in the boxing ring and stated that he nonetheless plans to proceed that side of his profession, however that when he began in fight sports activities, his purpose was all the time MMA. There isn’t any timeframe or date for Paul’s debut in MMA.
Paul just lately defeated Anderson Silva by determination in his most final outing as he continued to tackle former MMA stars. Now, he hopes he can get yet another star to conform to a deal, with a slight caveat. Paul stated within the video asserting his signing that he has supplied Nate Diaz a two-fight deal — the primary to happen within the boxing ring and 6 months later within the MMA cage.
“I’ve confirmed myself out and in of the boxing ring and now I’m going to do the identical in MMA, and there’s no restrict to the optimistic impression I could make on the game,” Paul stated in an announcement. “I plan to enter the PFL SmartCage and as soon as once more present the world that that something is feasible with exhausting work and dedication. Outside of the cage, equal fighter-pay and advocating for feminine fighters has been my ardour, and I’m aligned with PFL to evolve the game. I imagine in PFL, their mission, and what they’ve achieved in a really quick time period. That is why I selected to associate with PFL solely, each as a fighter and a businessperson. As Head of Fighter Advocacy, I’ll constantly promote PFL fighters and I invite all prime MMA fighters, each women and men, to hitch the PFL and get a payday like they’ve by no means had earlier than.”
PFL co-founder Donn Davis advised ESPN that Paul is signing on for a multi-year, multi-fight deal.
“I believe what’s made Jake attention-grabbing to followers is that he works exhausting and he would not underestimate what it takes,” Davis advised ESPN. “He is aware of he isn’t prepared [for his MMA debut] proper now, however he is beginning to practice. I believe it should be about one yr from now, so early 2024, the place you will see him tackle his first opponent. But the type of opponents he’s considering of will shock the world when it comes to their standing and identify model.”
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