Cody Garbrandt Sure of Conor McGregor Putting Jake Paul in a Body Bag

Published 01/24/2021, 3:48 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV: UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor speaks to the media at the post fight press conference after his 13 second knockout victory over Jose Aldo in their featherweight championship fight during the UFC 194 event inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC 257 didn’t turn out the way Conor McGregor and his team would’ve wanted it to. With the knockout loss in the rearview mirror, the next obvious question is what’s next for the Irishman. With the prospect of a crossover to boxing never too far away, McGregor will have to choose where he devotes his time and efforts. However, if there’s someone who would’ve been elated upon seeing McGregor lose, it would have to be Jake Paul.

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Jake Paul has been rallying for a fight with ‘The Notorious One’ after knocking out Nate Robinson. However, McGregor hasn’t given a positive or a negative response to the callout. Having lost to Poirier, the questions regarding if McGregor will crossover to boxing once again have intensified. However, regardless of the setback, the fact remains that McGregor should be the favorite against Jake Paul if they ever fought each other.

McGregor’s loss against Poirier, one of the best lightweights on the planet, is not an indication of how he would perform against Jake Paul. For anyone who has a hard time understanding the same, Cody Garbrandt made sure to give a reality check.

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Bro are you f***in kidding me?? @TheNotoriousMMA would put @jakepaul in a body bag. What are you basing this off of? Last nights fight @DustinPoirier is a f***in animal,” the former bantamweight champion wrote on Twitter.

Is a shift to boxing viable for Conor McGregor after the loss?

McGregor’s performance against Poirier is a stark reminder of how past the sport of MMA is progressing. Hence, if you’re inactive for prolonged stretches, you’d always be at a disadvantage against someone like ‘The Diamond’.

After the loss, McGregor will have to make a choice regarding his fighting future. He can’t expect to win in the toughest division of the UFC by not being a hundred percent in the sport. There are talks about him crossing over to boxing for a fight with Manny Pacquiao. However, if McGregor goes down that road, the probability of becoming a UFC champion would be extremely difficult.

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Amidst all this, Jake Paul has been aggressively attempting to insert himself into the picture. With an undefeated professional boxing run, the YouTuber wishes to capitalize on the financial upside that would come with him fighting McGregor.

The latter referred to Paul as ‘a confused little kid’ in the lead up to UFC 257. Therefore, regardless of what McGregor decides, a fight with Jake Paul after coming off a loss wouldn’t benefit him much in his professional fighting career.

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Rishabh Singh

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Rishabh Singh is an MMA author at EssentiallySports since 2020. An engineer in the making, his love for combat sports began by watching Anderson Silva light people up inside the Octagon. When he isn't busy in his technical pursuits, he is an avid reader with a love for sports in general and sporting history in particular.

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