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Daniel Cormier is willing to fight Jake Paul ... but only in a cage

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Former UFC double champ Daniel Cormier details the heated exchange he had with YouTuber turned boxer Jake Paul at UFC 261.

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UFC 261 was an amazing night of fights. All three title bouts delivered, and the “Prelims” undercard bouts were hyper-charged off the energy provided by the packed house at the Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. Also present in the arena?

Drama, in the form of one Jake Paul.

Paul was hot off his “big” win over former Bellator and ONE champion Ben Askren the week before (watch highlights), and according to his Tik Tok he decided UFC 261 would be a perfect place to troll some mixed martial arts (MMA) fans.

And boy was he right.

From the moment he arrived, “F—k Jake Paul chants” started up in the building. And then UFC commentator Daniel Cormier took the time between “Prelims” and the pay-per-view (PPV) main card to get in Paul’s face over some “fat boy” comments Paul had made on social media.

“There are a lot of things that I can handle in my life,” Cormier said on the DC & Helwani show (via MMAFighting.com). “One, is like I feel like this guy’s being like that, disrespectful, talking in a way that I don’t feel he would do to my face. I can’t deal with that. So I was sitting at the table and somebody was like, ‘Jake Paul’s here.’ So I look behind me and he’s like making faces at me and waving at me. I’m like, ‘What in the world is happening?’

“I said, ‘Hey, I’m not gonna play your games. Don’t mess with me,’” he continued. “I’m not a kid to play with like this. I’m not gonna be on the internet, messing around and all this other stuff. I go, ‘Keep my name out of your mouth.’ And then security came and once the security got around he started to play big boy a little bit, starts trying to point and do all that.

“But initially his hands were in his pocket and he kind of leans in and I say, ‘I’m not gonna play your game,’” he added. “I said, ‘You’re gonna get yourself hurt messing around. I’m not gonna fight with you and play those public shenanigans.’”

I don’t know, it certainly seems like Cormier is indeed playing into these public shenanigans. And as far as a fight? Cormier is already halfway there. The former UFC double champ said he WOULD consider fighting Paul ... in an MMA fight.

“Why would I go and box Jake Paul?” Cormier asked. “Who I am doesn’t make me chase anything. I made my money as the heavyweight champion of the world. I don’t have to chase a payday. This kid wants to fight, okay, I’ll fight him. But it will be a mixed martial arts competition.

“If he wants to actually fight with me, fight me in mixed martial arts and then I’ll fight him all the way down at 205,” Cormier continued. “I’m living fat and happy and healthy, I’ll go all the way down to 205 to fight this kid in mixed martial arts.”

More likely in our opinion? “DC” straight up assaulting Paul. He sounded one wrong word away from smacking the YouTube provocateur at UFC 261.

“I was gonna grab him by the face, but I would have got in trouble by the UFC,” Cormier said. “Listen, a kid like that, you alpha a kid like that. You alpha him. I wanted to grab him by the face and smash him to the ground, but I can’t do that at work, I would have got into a lot of trouble. So I just went over there and tried to have a conversation with the kid and then security comes.

“My name will not be used as a springboard,” he concluded. “I love my legacy and I will protect my legacy and if protecting my legacy means I gotta smack this kid upside his head, that’s what I have to do.”

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