“We’re Trying to Make the Kamaru Usman Thing Happen”: Jake Paul Reveals Mega Fight In the Works 

Published 07/17/2021, 9:53 PM EDT
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – APRIL 17: Jake Paul celebrates after defeating Ben Askren in their cruiserweight bout during Triller Fight Club at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on April 17, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images for Triller)


Ahead of his fight against Tyron Woodley on August 29, Jake Paul appeared on ‘BFFs with Dave Portnoy and Josh Richards’ podcast. Paul spoke about his last fight against Ben Askren, reasons for not fighting pro-boxers, and his plans to fight tougher athletes in the future.

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Dave Portnoy suggested that a fight against Conor McGregor could become a possibility for Jake Paul if he keeps at it. To this, the YouTuber-turned-boxer responded by saying that while his career is on an upward trajectory, Conor McGregor is now on a decline. He added there are other significant bouts on the table as well.

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Jake Paul revealed that a mega-clash against the dominant current UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman is now in the works as well.

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There’s other massive names that want to fight me too. We’re trying to make the Kamaru Usman thing happen, which would be, you know, huge. He’s even better than McGregor. So, I’d love to make that fight happen. You know and Floyd and I need to settle our beef. So, there’s just a lot of possibilities to like where this can go, which is why I’m just excited,” said Jake Paul.

Would Kamaru Usman fight Jake Paul?

In an interview with TMZ, Kamaru Usman shared he wants to remain active and has enough in his tank to fight at least two more times this year. However, the undisputed champion said that he does not see much competition in the UFC welterweight division. He later added that “these internet guys” have shown more activity than his competitors in the UFC.

‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ even shared his displeasure over Jake Paul confronting Daniel Cormier at UFC 261 and said he would fight them over letting Cormier entertain Paul.

“DC definitely loves the ESPN job, that is why he didn’t smack him. If he didn’t care about that job, he would’ve slapped him. At the end of the day, that’s Daniel Cormier, one of the best to do this and Jake Paul needs to put some respect on his name.

“I wouldn’t even allow DC to entertain that. DC, sit down. Let me take care of that for you,” said Kamaru Usman.

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Both Usman and Paul have since taken shots at each other on social media. However, a matchup with Kamaru Usman would largely depend on the outcome of Paul’s toughest challenge yet against Tyron Woodley on August 29. If Jake Paul can prove himself against a five-time former UFC welterweight champion, it would certainly draw Kamaru Usman’s attention towards the 24-year-old.

Fans would be more interested in seeing Jake Paul fight tougher opponents along the way. Hence, the Kamaru Usman fight would be massive for both fans of boxing and mixed martial arts. Do you see this fight happening soon?

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Sanjit Misra is a boxing author at EssentiallySports. Sanjit fused this passion for writing with his love for jabs, hooks, weaves, and uppercuts and entered the realm of boxing journalism. The elegance, the science, the techniques, and the finesse of hand-to-hand combat was what initially drew him into the world of boxing.

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