Well traveled mixed martial arts (MMA) veteran Anthony Taylor, who competed for the likes Bellator MMA and Combate Americas, among others, just spent the last six weeks training with Jake Paul in Puerto Rico as the YouTube boxer prepares for his Tyron Woodley fight.
And it was the most money “Pretty Boy” has made throughout his entire career.
“I had the opportunity to fight in Cage Warriors but I couldn’t pass up the money Jake was offering,” Taylor, 32, told Betway Insider. “I’m getting paid more money as Jake’s training partner in two months than I made in my whole entire MMA career in six years.”
Fighter pay has been a hot-button issue over the last few years with more and more fighters going public with their pay plaints. Paul, ever the opportunist, is using his spot in the limelight to help rally the cause (and stick it to UFC President Dana White in the process).
“I swear to god, I made more money with Jake in two months than my whole MMA career,” Taylor continued. “That’s disturbing when you think about it, because I fought for Bellator. I’ve fought two top five contenders in Bellator and I had a good run. It’s time to take it up a notch and fight for the UFC.”
Taylor (7-5) will box Tommy Fury — son of heavyweight icon Tyson Fury — as part of the Paul-Woodley pay-per-view (PPV) card — available to stream on FITE right here — this Sunday night (Aug. 29, 2021) inside Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio.