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Love him or (more likely) hate him, Jake Paul seems rather committed to this whole boxing thing. Like any good pugilistic prospect, he’s taking his time training with a quality team and advancing up the ranks slowly, elevating his level of competition from fellow YouTuber to former NBA player to retired wrestler.
Having dispatched all three of his previous foes via knockout, Paul must have decided that now is the time for a step up in competition, as the younger Paul brother has now signed on to fight former UFC Welterweight kingpin Tyron Woodley. Woodley is a long time team mate of Ben Askren, which is how bad blood developed following Paul’s brutal stoppage win over “Funky.”
Woodley may be a wrestler on a losing streak like his team mate, but “T-Wood” throws serious heat! His right hand earned him the UFC title, as well as six other knockout victories. In short, Woodley is bringing considerable firepower into the fight, but the oddsmakers still favor Paul. Sportsbetting.ag initially set Paul as a -130 favorite, though he’s since swelled to (at the time of writing) -155. Woodley, meanwhile, began at -110 before moving into positive numbers at +130.
To summarize, Paul’s youth and boxing experience are mildly favored by oddsmakers over Woodley’s one-punch power and former mixed martial arts title reign. Are they on the money on this match up or blinded by Paul brother hype?
This is a really cool homage to Muhammad Ali.
Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Brandon Moreno II, video game edition:
Okay, who else never knew this little exchange happened?
Which Welterweight is more difficult to decipher?
How tf did UFC do subtitles for Leon and not Nate pic.twitter.com/3jIXv19s7H— Khabob (@TeamKhabob) May 31, 2021
Some majorly powerful wrestling scrambles!
Robert Whittaker working his hand speed and defense on mitts:
Having a bit of fun in the lab. @standstrongboxingcoachjustin pic.twitter.com/BqqVwce3YF— Robert Whittaker (@robwhittakermma) May 31, 2021
For real, who is paying for this circus? It is so very, very clearly a grift.
Slips, rips, and KO clips
Click through for an entire thread of Dustin Poirier putting hands on fools:
I did NOT know that many people tuned in to see Mariusz Pudzianowski! KSW knows what it’s doing.
One of the most watched MMA fights of all-time!!— KSW (@KSW_MMA) May 31, 2021
Over 6⃣ million people in Poland tuned in to watch the MMA debut of the world's strongest man Mariusz Pudzianowski!!
Watch him fight this weekend at #KSW61!! pic.twitter.com/nydfapka8J
Bobby Nash’s UFC career may not have gone well, but the man can be trusted to throw hands!
I don’t know how to feel about this.
Midnight Music: I really dug this Jim Ford track from 1969, cool mix of country with maybe some soul elements? At any rate, I’m going to check out the full album Harlan County soon.
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.