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Midnight Mania! Jake Paul challenges Dustin Poirier to sparring match

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Jake Paul has made plenty of headlines talking trash to MMA fighters. Aside from his upcoming boxing match vs. Ben Askren, Paul has his eyes set on a showdown with Conor McGregor ... even if the Irishman’s loss to Dustin Poirier downgraded the value of the bout.

Though he labeled Poirier a “bum” at one point, Paul’s friendship with Poirier’s team mate Jorge Masvidal seems to have softened his stance. Now, Paul is looking to prove his skills to “The Diamond” in a sparring match, hoping to earn some clout in the process.

“I’ve challenged Dustin Poirier to a spar, we are both here in South Florida. Masvidal was like ‘yo, you and Dustin would be friends I can tell. You guys would be cool. You have the same sort of energy and vibe. You guys should hang out,’” Jake Paul said to True Geordie (via BJPenn.com). “I don’t have anything against Dustin, I even complimented him for beating Conor (McGregor) and he has done amazing things and you can’t take that away from him. By me challenging him to a spar, it is in no way me coming after him. I’m not trying to start beef.

“Everyone in this sport that’s a fighter knows sparring is a respectful thing. I just merely want to show Dustin how good I am and maybe get his co-sign,” Jake Paul continued. “I’ve challenged him to a spar, no cameras, we don’t even have to talk about it. I told him, ‘yo DM me, hit me up, let’s spar we are both in South Florida. Let’s have some fun.’ I think it would be interesting.”

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