‘They Called Me’- Tyron Woodley Reveals How The Jake Paul Beef Actually Began

Published 06/20/2021, 2:00 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 30: Tyron Woodley battles Gilbert Burns in a welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on May 30, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley is gearing up to face YouTuber turned boxer Jake Paul in his boxing debut later this year. ‘The Chosen One’ will continue the path strolled by his longtime friend Ben Askren, who did the same thing after retiring from MMA.

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The former University of Missouri grad is amongst the fiercest striker to ever grace the octagon. So his fight with Jake may not require that much transition after all.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 30: Tyron Woodley battles Gilbert Burns in a welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on May 30, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

During a recent interview, Woodley talked about the time when all the grudges between him and the YouTuber started taking place.

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“Him and his buddy were doing some prank call,” he said. “So, Ben was fighting, and they said ‘Ok, let me prank call his coaches’. Now, I wasn’t in camp with Ben for his fight.

“He wanted me to corner him, so I cornered him. He was in camp with everybody else. I don’t know what they work on, I don’t know exactly what the things were….. So, they prank call me and I am like man, ‘Yo, this is ESPN (mumbles)’, I am like I don’t feel like doing this but it’s my dawg, so I gotta lookout.

“Cool, I will do the interview. You know, they called me just randomly, but I didn’t notice. So, we go through this long thing and at the end of it – ‘So, what do you think if Jake kicks the hell out of Ben’ (referring to prank call),” he added.

Woodley then explained it confused him how they got his number. But he had a matchup in UFC to focus on so he ignored it. Though they continued calling him many times, Woodley decided he will teach them a lesson later on.

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Tyron Woodley predicts how long it will take him to finish Jake Paul

Woodley (19-7) in another interview predicted how long it will take him to end Jake Paul. According to him, it would take him three rounds to finish the YouTuber.

“I think three (rounds), I wanna say first (but) first-round sounds cocky, sounds dope,” he said. “I just know that if I’m fighting Tyron Woodley, everybody’s gonna tell them to cover up, whether the storm, clinch them, grab them, keep them away from you, stay at distance and watch out for the right hand.”

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Well, the fight is certainly going to be a challenging one for both. Jake would face his toughest challenge yet in Woodley. The latter too, doesn’t have form on his side, with his last four matches ending in a loss.

Who do you see prevailing in the end?

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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