‘He’s Gone After Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Religion’- Jake Paul Compares His Trash Talk With Conor McGregor’s

Published 04/11/2021, 9:30 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 06: (R-L) Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia attempts to submit Conor McGregor of Ireland in their UFC lightweight championship bout during the UFC 229 event inside T-Mobile Arena on October 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Jake Paul is one of the most exciting stars in the world of combat sports right now. While he draws his fame from YouTube, he and his brother Logan have effortlessly made their way into the world of boxing. Jake had a highlight performance against Nate Robinson on the Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. card.

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His win over Robinson held him to call out multiple stars across the world. While he got a bout against Ben Askren this weekend, Paul’s primary target was Conor McGregor. However, despite his trash-talk, Conor seems focused on MMA. Paul has defended what he has been saying to McGregor.

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“People are soft these days and it sucks. People don’t have a backbone and everyone is getting canceled for everything that they do. You can’t step on an ant anymore. At the end of the day, McGregor has called Khabib’s wife a towel.

“When I flip the script and talk sh*t about McGregor’s wife, people are up in arms. When McGregor does it, it’s fine. He’s gone after Khabib’s religion, so and so forth. He’s thrown chairs at people, through buses and punched old men in the face. So, it goes back to Jake Paul having a target on his back and people getting riled over sh*t to get riled up.”

Did Jake Paul cross the line?

Jake Paul’s comments on McGregor’s wife were not appropriate, there is no denying that. But what Conor McGregor did and said during his rivalry with Khabib Nurmagomedov was also not appropriate.

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MIAMI, FLORIDA – JANUARY 30: Jake Paul looks on against AnEsonGib during their fight at Meridian at Island Gardens on January 30, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

However, this is the business of fight promotion and these moments are common. Whether people like it or not, incidents like these help sell these fights. If Paul and McGregor were to actually fight, moments like this will help sell animosity between them, tempting people to buy their cards.

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Paul has made a career out of shock humor, even when people haven’t found it appetizing. Despite that, he has flourished into one of the biggest names people want to box. Ben Askren gets that chance this weekend. Let’s see if McGregor wants it in the future.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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