Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was willing to give thirty-something pro wrestling veteran Phil Brooks a fight inside the Octagon and pay him $500,000 per bout, despite the fact that “CM Punk” had zero experience in professional (or amateur) mixed martial arts (MMA).
Just imagine what it would offer Logan Paul.
The YouTube sensation (4.9 million subscribers) also has a massive following on social media, to the tune of 4.77 million Twitter fans, along with another 16.6 million followers on Instagram. His recent celebrity boxing match against fellow Internet celebrity “KSI” drew 784,000 pay-per-view buys.
“The thought of securing a fight in the UFC is exciting,” Paul wrote on Twitter. “[I] could finally use my wrestling background... but I hear some other celebrities/athletes want to catch these hands first?”
Paul already has the endorsement of former UFC heavyweight Brendan Schaub, who recently praised the KSI boxing match — or perhaps just used it as an excuse to bash his former employer, something that appears to be a planned part of his regular podcast.
“I loved what they are doing because they are showing how easy it is to promote a fight,” Schaub said. “When everyone goes, ‘Being a promoter is so difficult.’ Really? These kids have zero background! For these two guys with zero background to shit on any UFC fight this year, numbers-wise, shows you how poorly of a job the UFC is doing at times and how easy it is to promote a fight.”
UFC certainly has nothing to brag about in the ratings department.
Paul has not been offered a UFC contract and is probably just milking what he can from this latest round of online attention. Still, it’s hard to imagine promotion president Dana White passing on another cash grab, particularly when this relationship already exists.
I’m sure most of us saw this coming when this happened.