Jake Paul has done a masterful job of building up a boxing career by beating carefully selected celebrities and washed up mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters. He’s now undefeated (5-0) doing it, with his fight last night (Sat., Dec. 18, 2021) with a crushing knockout of former UFC Welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley.
With the formula working so well, of course he’s going to go back to it as much as possible. Immediately after the Woodley knockout (watch it here), he got on the mic and called out Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal, who were both in attendance inside Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla., for the pay-per-view (PPV) event.
Diaz at least had a good excuse: his long-time training partner and
impersonator friend, Chris Avila, was fighting on the “Prelims” undercard (another smart booking by Paul’s team). Masvidal? He says he was there to cheer on NFL running back Frank Gore, who lost to NBA all star Deron Williams on the undercard (watch the bizarre highlights here). Both men apparently left before Paul knocked out Woodley, and their absence was noted by Jake.
“Masvidal and Nate Diaz — y’all are b—ches for leaving this arena, because I know you don’t want that s—t,” Paul declared. “So, get out of your contract with daddy Dana and I will f—k you up, too.”
Following the fights, “Gamebred” posted up a video congratulating Gore on his first boxing bout before turning his attention to Paul.
Fuck I’m utterly bored pic.twitter.com/VetvSPYh9a— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) December 19, 2021
“Now to address that little b—ch, what’s-his-face. That f—k,” Masvidal said. “Listen, man. You can’t f—king afford me. You understand? Me and all the other names you mentioned, you can’t afford. I know what you pay, and you talk a big game. You say $50 million here, $50 million there. But, bulls—t.
“If that was the case, Floyd Mayweather would’ve took the fight with you,” he continued. “But he hasn’t because you don’t generate that kind of revenue. You’re giving out free tickets. You’ve got street teams giving out free tickets, man. Who are you selling dreams to? You can’t afford me to come over.
“So let me tell you a little secret about me you didn’t know,” Masvidal continued. “I fight for money, or to fight the best in the world. You’re neither, you understand? I know it hurts.
“I tell you what. Come on over to UFC, sign a one-fight deal, and let Dana give you whatever he’s got to pay you. I’ll break your jaw in front of the whole world man, I promise you. If you really want it, come get it. Man to man, none of that boxing s—t, where I can’t slam you on your spinal cord and leave you in a wheelchair for life. Come on over so we can do everything. If you want, it’s here, if not, shut the f—k up.”
Jake Paul's post-fight interview after knocking out Tyron Woodley.— MMA mania (@mmamania) December 19, 2021
"Jorge and Nate, y'all are some bitches for leaving this arena because I know you don't want that s--t."#PaulWoodley #PaulWoodley2 pic.twitter.com/XEQLxTRzHM
Masvidal is currently recovering from a rib injury that took him out of a Welterweight contender showdown at UFC 269 against Leon Edwards. Before that, his 2020/2021 involved back-to-back losses to champ Kamaru Usman in big money fights that cemented “Gamebred” as one of UFC’s biggest draws. As one of the promotion’s main needle movers, don’t expect “Daddy Dana” to let Masvidal cross over to boxing any time soon, it’s just not going to happen.
Diaz, on the other hand, has just one fight left on his contract with UFC ....