Jake Paul confident he can knockout Conor McGregor in the 'first round' of a MMA fight

  • Tom Ward

Jake Paul is confident he could knock out Conor McGregor in a MMA fight.

The YouTuber-turned-boxer, 25, has been desperate to secure a boxing match against the UFC superstar.

Former two-weight champion McGregor, 33, is widely recognised as one of the biggest pay-per-view stars of all time.

His ‘billion dollar fight’ with Floyd Mayweather back in 2017 generated 4.3million PPV buys and more than £446million total revenue according to reports.

But Paul has revealed that he’d be also willing to crossover into the world of MMA to fight the Notorious.

However, any such move would require the permission of UFC president Dana White, which will be easier said than done.

Asked whether White has reached out to his representatives at all in an attempt to make the fight happen, Paul told TMZ: “Not as of yet.

“He keeps on going on interviews, he went on my brother’s podcast, and he seems to be ducking the whole entire thing.

Dec 18, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA; Jake Paul celebrates after knocking out Tyron Woodley (not pictured) at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

“He doesn’t realise that Conor and I weigh the exact same right now. Conor’s walking around at 190, I’m walking around at 190.

“I’m willing to do a fight in MMA under the UFC. This is about helping the fighters and making a change and that’s what Conor hasn’t ever done. He’s always been selfish.

“The fighter pay needs to increase, and I’ve said that if I win, then Dana has to increase the minimum of fighter pay.

“If I lose, then they can take all the money and whatever, and so be it.

“But I know I can beat Conor, and people think, ‘Oh, this kid’s crazy,’ and yeah, I am like no s***, that’s why I’ve gotten this far.

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“It’s because I’m crazy, and I believe in myself, and Conor is on a downhill spiral. His limbs are all broken, so stand-up game coming out knocking him out first round.”

Paul also revealed that his manager Nakisa Bidarian has been in contact with rival promotions Bellator and PFL about a possible move to MMA.

The Problem Child added: “There’s a long list you know.

“We’re in talks with a couple of different people, toying around with the idea of going into MMA for the y next fight.

“We’re in negotiations, Nakisa my manager, Most Valuable Promotions, we’re talking to a bunch of different people and seeing what makes the most sense.

“We’re definitely talking to both of those entities and other MMA entities as well to see where it makes the most sense and working on some pretty exciting things there.

“But there’s a long list of people that I want to fight, it just depends on who’s ready, and who can sell the most amount of pay-per-views.

“Because as of yet I haven’t really fought someone with as big of a name as me, I’ve really been all of the promotion, so I want to fight someone with as big of a name as me and that’s what we’re looking to do.”

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