‘It’s a Different Ballgame’- Jake Paul Vows to Expose the UFC Striking in His Next Fight With Tyron Woodley

Published 07/17/2021, 12:03 PM EDT
MIAMI, FLORIDA – JANUARY 30: Jake Paul looks on after defeating AnEsonGib in a first round knockout during their fight at Meridian at Island Gardens on January 30, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)


Combat fans will see yet another UFC combatant entering the boxing ring, as boxing is in vogue for retiring MMA fighters. Former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley will face YouTube star turned boxer Jake Paul in an exhibition fight on August 29. This is a showtime main event that will be contested at 190lbs.

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Jake Paul has previously fought a UFC welterweight Ben Askren, whom Paul demolished in the very first round. With a hundred percent knockout rate in his professional three-fight career, ‘The Problem Child’ is sanguine about his next fight.

In a recent interview, Jake Paul claims to expose the UFC for its fighters’ striking capabilities. Paul said, “I think I’m exposing the UFC a bit with their striking capabilities. He’s fought the best in the world in the UFC, but that’s not boxing. People think they’re very similar sports, which they kind of are. But it’s really relating swimming to basketball. It’s two very different things.”

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Jake Paul continues, “Boxers are more efficient, more precise, more conservative with their energy, scoring points. It’s just a completely different ballgame, and a lot of people don’t really understand that. They just take it at face value, which is, this is a fight. It’s not that. He’s coming into my territory, and as crazy as it sounds, I’m a much better boxer than him even though he’s been doing it for five times as long.”

Jake Paul predicts a finish on August 29

‘The Problem Child’ believes even though Tyron Woodley has five times more experience as a combatant, he will beat ‘The Chosen One’ on August 29. Paul started training in 2019 when he was scheduled to fight another YouTuber, Ali Eson Gib. Now, after training for nearly two years, Paul remains unshakable in his own belief in beating Tyron Woodley.

Jake Paul said, “Yes, he’s fought, Kamaru Usman. Yes, he’s fought, Gilbert Burns. But that’s not Jake Paul. I will finish him, unlike those guys, and then people are going to come back and watch this interview and be like, ‘Holy sh*t, this kid is crazy. He predicted the future, and what the f**k is going on? What the f**k is in the milk in Ohio?”

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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)

Tyron Woodley is 39 years old and hasn’t won an MMA contest in his last four outings. If there is a perfect time to beat ‘The Chosen One’ it’s now. With no wins under his belt since 2019, Woodley is on the worst run of his career. Therefore, Jake Paul is coming into the ring with a psychological edge over ‘The Chosen One’ as he is still an undefeated boxer. Yet Paul can’t look past Tyron Woodley as he posses some serious power that could shut the lights off in a blink of an eye.

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Saurabh Singh

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Saurabh Singh Laledia is an MMA enthusiast who works as a UFC writer for EssentiallySports. His passion for the UFC infused with his knowledge of various fight styles such as Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu motivated him to pursue a career in combat sports journalism, as it would be where he could exhibit his expert views and unbiased opinions whilst keeping the fan’s perspective alive. He started watching the sport at UFC 53 in 2005 when ‘The Ace’ Rich Franklin beat Evan Turner to claim the belt and has traced the journey of the middleweight title right from 'The Spider' to 'The Last Stylebender'.

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