Boxing: Jake Paul Names His Favorite UFC Stars

Published 12/26/2020, 6:15 AM EST
MIAMI, FLORIDA – JANUARY 30: Jake Paul looks on after defeating AnEsonGib in a first round knockout during their fight at Meridian at Island Gardens on January 30, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)


Jake Paul might not have a good relationship with the UFC fighters, considering their ongoing social media feuds. But the YouTuber has all his respect for the elite martial artists.

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Still fresh from his KO win against NBA player Nate Robinson, Jake Paul is now eyeing up boxing clashes against several fighters including the likes of Conor McGregor, Dillon Danis, Nate Diaz and Ben Askren.

That said, none of them are Jake Paul’s favorite fighters as he tagged UFC middleweight king Israel Adesanya to be the special one.

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‘The Last Stylebender’ transformed himself from a new face in 2018 to one of the biggest superstars in combat sports by the end of 2020.

He has a global fanbase and ‘Izzy’ took the rise in a very short span. While he impressed a bunch of non-MMA fans with his charismatic persona, Jake Paul is also fond of him.

Meanwhile, Adesanya’s possible future opponent, Jon Jones, is also Jake Paul’s favorite. In an interaction with ES News, Jake Paul talked about his favorite fighters in the UFC. When asked about it, Paul said, “Israel Adesanya. He is sick, bro.”

ATLANTA, GA – APRIL 13: Israel Adesanya reacts after defeating Kelvin Gastelum by unanimous decision in their interim middleweight championship bout during the UFC 236 event at State Farm Arena on April 13, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Well, tables turned when he was asked to shed opinion on a matchup between Israel Adesanya and Jon Jones. ‘The Problem Child’ gave a small smirk and replied, “I also like Jon Jones.”

Jake Paul meets his favorite fighter

Paul and Adesanya bumped into each other a few days ago. Its clear, the YouTuber was excited to meet his favorite UFC fighter.

The two shared some quality time, had a good laugh, and left the arena a few moments later. However, Paul posted a picture of the encounter from his official Instagram handle.

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He is yet to meet Jon Jones. The UFC light heavyweight great is now eyeing a move to the heavyweight division. Adesanya is possibly jumping to the light heavyweight division to face Jan Blachowicz for the title in 2021.

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So, it’s safe to say, Jake Paul’s favorite fighters are about to witness a lot of recognition in the coming year. Do you think Israel Adesanya will fight Jon Jones?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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