Dan Hooker Opens Up on What MMA is Gaining From Jake Paul

Published 06/17/2021, 1:07 PM EDT
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – APRIL 17: Jake Paul celebrates after defeating Ben Askren in their cruiserweight bout during Triller Fight Club at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on April 17, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images for Triller)


Jake Paul has recently signed a deal with Showtime. The YouTuber turned pro-boxer is determined to make a name for himself in the boxing world. UFC lightweight, Dan Hooker gave his verdict on what he thinks about ‘The Problem Child’.

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I don’t know if it legitimizes them. I think they just see the value and like this, there’s real value in that. There’s people who are paying to watch that guy fly like absolutely no knock on it,” said Hooker.

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That’s it’s not like they’re making money is taking money off my table like that doesn’t that doesn’t change. The other thing is just kind of letting everyone understand the landscape of the business of boxing.

“Like it’s, it’s the more eyes you can bring to the table, the more valuable you become. That’s that’s the kind of commodity we’re dealing in is that it’s the mixture of entities, you know, fighting for entertainment and being able to being able to draw a crowd,” Hooker added.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – APRIL 17: Jake Paul fights Ben Askren in their cruiserweight bout during Triller Fight Club at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on April 17, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images for Triller)

Paul certainly garners some attention with his antics, be it wanted or unwanted. But it allows him to attract eyeballs to his fights. So, his methods might be off the charts a bit, but they do seem to work, at least for the time being.

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What’s next for Dan Hooker in the UFC?

The Hangman‘ is actively looking for his next fight in the UFC. He has been on the sidelines since his first-round knockout loss to Michael Chandler at UFC 257.

Hooker teased a potential fight against the former interim champion, Tony Ferguson recently. However, he wants ‘El Cucuy’ to be totally healthy before challenging him for a fight.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 26: Dan Hooker of New Zealand poses on the scale during the UFC weigh-in at UFC APEX on June 26, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

There are also many other exciting fights available for ‘The Hangman’ in a packed lightweight division of the UFC.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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