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Jake Paul moving to MMA, will be trained by Team Khabib at AKA

In Jan. 2020, Jake Paul made his professional boxing debut seemingly out of nowhere, knocking out fellow YouTuber Ali Loui Al-Fakhri in the first round. Since then, “The Problem Child” has won three straight boxing matches, though they haven’t exactly come against the best strikers in the sport.

LIVE! Watch ‘Paul Vs. Woodley 2’ On PPV

Leave No Doubt! International superstar, Jake “The Problem Child” Paul, will face former UFC Welterweight champion, Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley (not Tommy Fury), in a rematch of their August clash (won by Paul) in an eight-round boxing showdown set for Sat., Dec. 18, 2021, streaming online via Showtime pay-per-view (PPV) in North America and FITE.tv around the globe. “Paul vs. Woodley 2,” which will take place inside Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla., start time is slated for 9 p.m. ET, with a PPV price tag of $59.95.

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Paul knocked out former NBA star Nate Robinson (see it) before icing former UFC and Bellator wrestling machine Ben Askren (highlights). He then defeated former UFC Welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley, via unanimous decision to improve his professional record to 4-0. Still, Paul has become somewhat of a star in the boxing world, for better or worse, even though he has yet to face a true, world-class boxer.

Nevertheless, once he’s done with the “sweet science,” Paul plans to make an eventual jump to the mixed martial arts (MMA) arena.

“People seem to forget that I was a state wrestler, Division 1 in Ohio, one of the hardest wrestling states,” Paul explained during a media scrum (via MMA Junkie). “I don’t see why if I can do boxing at this high of a level that I couldn’t do MMA at this high of a level.”

According to “The Problem Child,” once he decides to start his preparation for the move he will spare no expenses and will be training with the best in the world to get his MMA IQ up to par. That’s the reason he already has a commitment from the coaching staff at American Kickboxing Academy (AKA), which includes Khabib Nurmagomedov, to help get him ready.

“I’m gonna go get coached up by Jav Mendez, Team Khabib, and that’s that. They’re down, 100 percent.”

Let’s just hope he doesn’t run into Daniel Cormier, the team’s captain.

Upon hearing Paul’s comments, Woodley — who will rematch the digital influencer-turned fighter this Saturday (Dec. 18, 2021) in a rematch — quickly jumped at the chance to challenge him to a fight in his world.

“You a lie. Let’s do MMA then. Let’s do this MMA after we do this boxing so I can elbow you in the head and knee you in the nugget.”

Middle school trash talk aside, Woodley vs. Paul in MMA would be very one-sided despite “The Chosen One’s” struggles as of late. Or would it be closer than we think?


MMAmania.com will have LIVE coverage of the “Paul vs. Woodley 2” PPV main card this weekend (Sat., Dec. 18, 2021) right here. The FITE/Showtime PPV kicks off at 9 p.m. ET, with Paul and Woodley likely to make the walk closer to midnight.

For more news and detailed information on “Paul vs. Woodley 2” click here. For the complete PPV fight card and un-televised “Prelims” lineup click here. Bet on the full Paul-Woodley 2 card at DraftKings Sportsbook.