Colby Covington, Stephen Thompson, Carlos Condit and Other MMA Stars Predict the Winner Between Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley

Published 08/21/2021, 1:31 PM EDT
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JULY 13: Jake Paul (L) and Tyron Woodley (R) face off during a press conference before their cruiserweight fight at The Novo by Microsoft at L.A. Live on July 13, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)


Former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley will make his boxing debut against YouTuber turned boxer, Jake Paul, on August 29, 2021. The former mixed martial artist will look to start a new career after bidding adieu to UFC earlier this March.

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Meanwhile, Jake has a task in hand as he faces his toughest test yet against a genuine prizefighter. He defeated Woodley’s collegiate and former MMA champion, Ben Askren, in April. The YouTuber is undefeated in three professional fights.

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In recent times, many mixed martial artists have taken up boxing roles after winding up their MMA careers. Although a win could earn them hefty paychecks, a defeat not only hurts their image but also hurts the MMA community.

So, prominent MMA fighters keep their eyes glued on that particular MMA fighter who is boxing and give their predictions on the same. The case of Woodley is the same here. Many prominent fighters have predicted the outcome of this match along with a detailed analysis of why they think about it.

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)

UFC legend Randy Couture believes Woodley will pick an easy win. But he has to keep his head away from Jake’s trash talk. Fighters like Chase Sherman and Ramiz Brahimaj pick Woodley but also believe Jake can cause an upset as Woodley isn’t the same fighter he used to be.

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‘Wonderboy’ Stephen Thompson, too, predicted a win for Woodley. But he thinks Jake has good defense and swift movements. Instead of a KO, he predicts a decision win for ‘The Chosen One’.

Colby Covington predicts Tyron Woodley would take a dive against Jake Paul

Former UFC interim welterweight champion, Colby Covington, gave his take on Woodley vs Paul in his own style. ‘Chaos’, who had beaten Woodley last year, thinks Woodley will lose the match in quest of gaining the biggest paycheck of his career.

In an interview given to Helen Yee Sports, Covington said, “What I think is, I know how struggling Tyron Woodley is for money, he’s going to take a dive. He’s not really going to go fight Jake Paul.”

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“They’re going to pay him a couple of million dollars under the table. He’s going to take a dive, take a fall. They’re going to hype up this little Snake Paul like he’s some great fighter and great boxer, when he’s really nothing more than an amateur joke and a sparring partner,” he added.

Meanwhile, former UFC interim welterweight champ, Carlos Condit thinks Woodley will knockout Jake. Describing him as a ‘wrecking machine’, Condit believes Tyron will have a good time dealing with the YouTuber.

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It will be really interesting to see how Woodley fares against a fighter who has had a brief combat sports career. But that being said, Jake has shown he can hold his own against prizefighters. An exciting contest waits ahead for the fight fans.

Who do you pick as your winner?

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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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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