Jake Paul Reveals Khabib Nurmagomedov and His Coach Are a “100% Down” to Train Him for an MMA Fight

Published 12/16/2021, 10:49 PM EST


Jake Paul is primarily known for being an influencer and one of the biggest YouTubers in the world. However, that has not stopped ‘The Problem Child’ from venturing into other avenues. Paul has tried everything from acting, business, music, and now boxing. 

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What initially started out as one of the many things Paul was involved in has quickly become his sole focus in life. ‘The Problem Child’ now wishes to be identified as a boxer over all the other titles that he has. 

In a recent interview, Paul shared his thoughts on potentially fighting in MMA one day. He said, “Yeah, for sure I will. People seem to forget that I was a state wrestler, division one in Ohio, one of the hardest wrestling states. I don’t see why if I can do boxing at this high of a level, that I couldn’t do MMA at this high of a level. I am going to go get coached by Jav (Javier) Mendes and team Khabib.” When asked if he had spoken to them, he said, “Yeah, they’re down. A 100%.”

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‘The Problem Child’ further added that he would have to extend his win streak to 10-0 or 12-0 in boxing before he thinks of switching over to MMA. However, even if Jake Paul is serious about fighting in MMA, it might not happen with the UFC

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Could we realistically see Jake Paul in an MMA fight?

Both Jake and Logan Paul wrestled as children. Although Logan was more successful at it, Jake Paul also forged a name for himself as a wrestler. Therefore, wrestling as a concept would not be completely new to Paul as boxing was. 

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Given that ‘The Problem Child’ has never shied away from challenges, it won’t be surprising to see him in an MMA fight. However, any venture into the world of MMA would have to be a self-promoted event for Paul or with the likes of PFL or Bellator. 

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Considering Dana White’s equation with Paul and his disinterest in booking fights that don’t make sense for the rankings, there is little to no chance that fans will see Jake Paul compete in a UFC octagon. 

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is a senior UFC author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA desk, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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