Jorge Masvidal Says Jake Paul Has Never Been in the Ring Against Someone Like Tyron Woodley- Predicts a Knockout

Published 08/19/2021, 11:36 AM EDT


UFC’s BMF champion, Jorge Masvidal, sat down for an interview with Ariel Helwani recently. Masvidal hasn’t done too much media since his knockout loss to Kamaru Usman at UFC 261. However, Helwani has been among the people on whose show he has appeared. So, it’s only fitting ‘Gamebred’ was called as The MMA Hour show has restarted. Masvidal was asked for his prediction of the upcoming boxing match between Tyron Woodley and Jake Paul.

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Paul recently went to train with Masvidal ahead of his fight with Ben Askren. Woodley, on the other hand, had been a long-time friend and training partner of Masvidal from their American Top Team days.

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Masvidal predicted Woodley will knock Jake Paul out, reasoning the former UFC welterweight champion’s superior athleticism and experience as the key factor.

It’s not to diss Jake, but you’ve been watching MMA for a minute. Woodley can put them hands Ben Askren never could, you know what I’m saying. So, it’s like you got a guy that could fight,” said Masvidal.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – APRIL 17: Jake Paul and Ben Askren face off 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)

Woodley could have made his money grappling, which he did. He was good enough of an athlete. And he was good enough of an athlete to make his money with his hands. Knock people the f*ck out, you know,” he added.

So, I don’t think, I don’t, it’s not, I know Jake’s never been in there with a guy like that, you know. He’s explosive, he’s a good athlete and has ton of experience over him,” Masvidal concluded.

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Can Tyron Woodley finish Jake Paul?

While Woodley hasn’t been in his best form lately, ‘The Chosen One’ is still a force to reckon with. He is a vicious striker and has managed several finished via knockout in his career.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 30: (R-L) Tyron Woodley punches Gilbert Burns of Brazil in their welterweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on May 30, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Whether T-Wood shows up as his former self remains to be seen. One thing is for sure, he will have the onus of the MMA community upon his shoulder to be the man to stop the Jake Paul hype train.

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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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