Andre Fili Says He Respects Jake Paul and Logan Paul’s Combat Sports Careers

Published 06/26/2021, 9:43 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 31: (L-R) Andre Fili punches Bryce Mitchell in a featherweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on October 31, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


UFC featherweight Andre Fili spoke out ahead of his fight at UFC Fight Night: Gane vs Volkov in Las Vegas. ‘Touchy’ Fili takes on Daniel Pineda in a fight that is considered a lock for ‘Fight of the Night’ by many. While talking about his upcoming match-up, Andre Fili also shared his views on what Logan and Jake Paul have accomplished.

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The Paul brothers have captured the imagination of everyone despite having very minimal combat sports experience. Moreover, they now have several notable UFC fighters calling them out at every step of the way. Andre Fili said he respected what the Paul brothers had accomplished and also spoke out on the direction of combat sports in general.

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“I have a huge deal of respect for what Logan and Jake Paul have done in the short amount of time, with the very small amount of combat sports experience they have. I respect the way they self-promote. They also really take a deep step into cornball territory and to play devils advocate, because they do corny sh*t a bunch of MMA fighter do corny sh*t…. we forgot what fighting is. There’s so much corny sh*t.”

“It’s become more about hype than about fight and that’s the opposite in me….Fighting will always be a f**king circus. You can do whatever sponsors and do whatever uniforms and do whatever you want, it will always be a little real sport and a little pro wrestling. But sometimes the gimmick side of the sport takes over and that’s happened a lot recently. Those kids are making a lot of money, I don’t hate on any man, do your thing.”

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Logan Paul and Jake Paul: An impactful duo

Regardless of how you feel about the Paul brothers, there’s no denying that they have made massive moves in the combat sports world. Credentialed UFC champions like Francis Ngannou are scratching their head trying to figure out how to make the big bucks.

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The Paul brothers have stirred the pot just right and have got the entire MMA and boxing world on notice. People either tune in to watch them overcome the odds or get violently knocked out by a more experienced opponent.

Regardless, the interest of fans has been piqued and the paychecks will only be getting heftier from here on out.

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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