“It’s Very Good for Business” – Chael Sonnen on Why Jake Paul Keeps Calling Out Under Contract UFC Fighters

Published 12/31/2021, 5:30 AM EST
NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 20: MMA fighter Chael Sonnen discusses Bellator MMA at Build Studio on June 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)


Jake Paul is one of the most popular names in combat sports right now. He is a polarizing figure that people tune in to watch, whereby most of them want to see him lose.

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The YouTuber turned boxer is 5-0 in his professional boxing career. He last entered the ring to take on the former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley in a rematch. He spectacularly knocked out ‘The Chosen One,’ who stepped in to fight Paul on short notice. Woodley accepted the fight against Paul’s original opponent, Tommy Fury, pulled out of the fight. After the win, ‘The Problem Child’ called out two other UFC fighters, Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz.

Former UFC fighter Chael Sonnen, recently talked about the same. He weighed in on why Paul keeps calling out under contract UFC fighters. He said, “Dana’s guys are under contract with Dana. The end! There’s nothing else to talk about here. Paul knows that. Paul’s not thinking, ‘I can get under Dana’s skin. I can do just enough to just drive him crazy and make him send one of these guys.’ It’s not going to happen.”

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“Dana’s not going to do him the favor, he’s not interested, and it has nothing to do with Paul, Showtime, and anybody else. Dana has never done that. His policy is very simple. It’s very straightforward, but it’s also very consistent… Why does Paul keep doing that? I don’t think that you got to put on your Columbo rain jacket to figure this out. Because he gets a response. It’s very good for business,” he added.

Boxing has done a terrible job – Chael Sonnen

Jake Paul is slowly becoming one of the most famous names in boxing right now. He is 5-0 in his career and has knocked out everyone he has faced.

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Despite his rise to fame in boxing, people are quick to dismiss him and what he’s done. People call for him to fight an actual boxer and Chael Sonnen is having none of it anymore. According to Sonnen, he’s a little annoyed that people won’t just tell him he’s done a good job.

He also said, “It irritates me that nobody wants to tell Paul, good job… I’m just not sure why we’re always so quick to dismiss Paul. And if you want to be on the boring side of things and say, well, Paul should fight a boxer, tell me one. I’ve heard a number of smart people say it. They use the same word, I am quoting right now, ‘he should fight a boxer.’ That is a quote said by everybody that wants to bury Paul.”

“Not one godd**n person has said a name, and the reason is, you don’t know them. Boxing has done a terrible job, boxers do a terrible job with self-promotion.” 

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Paul recently offered Jorge Masvidal $5 million to step inside the ring to face him, but ‘Gamebred’ declined the offer. UFC President Dana White also said that he won’t allow Masvidal or Diaz to fight Paul, and won’t do business with him as well.

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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

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