Youtube star-turned boxer Jake Paul did the expected, and turned down UFC’s Daniel ‘DC’ Cormier’s challenge to an MMA fight. Cormier told Ariel Helwani on ESPN MMA that he would “rip” Jake Paul’s face “apart” and that he was looking to torture the youtuber. Well, that angle ended quickly, as Paul has now moved on to bigger and better things…. kind of. Here’s what you need to know.
It comes as no surprise that Paul turned down DC’s challenge to meet him in an MMA ring. Cormier said he wanted to punish and teach Paul a lesson, and the rules of boxing prevented him from doing so. Paul retorted today, and brought up these points:
“I find it funny, because [Cormier]’s challenging me to something I’ve never trained in, and he’s trained boxing and striking and standup and has been in there with Stipe and Jon Jones. He lost those fights, but he’s been in there with the best of the best striking, so why not box? Oh, you want to go against me in something that I’ve never trained in before? Of course. That’s like me finding someone off the streets, literally who has never boxed a day in their lives, and being like, ‘Alright, come in here, I’m going to challenge him.’” Paul then added:
“If he comes and boxes me, I will beat him. And maybe a part of him knows that, which is why it’s funny. Why would he not accept that offer? If we fought, that would be the most amount of money that he will ever make in any of his fights, by far.”
Cormier already said that he’s happy, fat, has already made his money and as a result has no interest in doing a boxing freakshow fight just for the dollar signs. If he fights Jake, it’s to teach him a lesson, cut up his face with elbows, torture him, and other gruesome things he enumerated to Helwani. Paul obviously is only in it for the money. So now, there’s a new name that’s emerging: Nate Diaz, MMA’s resident bad boy.
“I think people will immediately write me off, even someone watching this interview right now is like, ‘Oh, this kid’s crazy. Nate Diaz is such a dog, he’s going to kill Jake, he’s out of his mind.’ But they’re going to tune in and watch, right?
“It’s two massive names, and it would be a massive pay-per-view, and then when they see me obliterate him, they’re jaws are going to be dropped – they’re not going to know how to react. They’re going to think it’s rigged again. And at that moment in time, I’ll be undeniable to fight Conor McGregor, because I beat the guy that beat you, Conor. And the Jake Paul vs. Conor fight is a massive fight.”
Diaz could very well be ticked off at being used as a stepping stone to the greater goal, which Conor McGregor. Diaz of course has a victory over McGregor and many people believe he is the more well-rounded fighter of the two. But considering Diaz’s brash persona and bad boy gimmick, this could make for some explosive exchanges in the build up to a potential fight. Would you like to see this happen?