Across his time in professional boxing, Jake Paul has had his fair share of run-ins with stars from the world of mixed martial arts. In addition to calling for scraps with Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor, he’s actually taken part in three bouts with two former welterweight champions in the sport.
The first was a fairly one-sided victory over Ben Askren, a triumph many had seen coming given the gulf in striking quality between the two.
Then came his series against Tyron Woodley and after edging out a decision in their first encounter, the rematch was far more emphatic as ‘The Problem Child’ knocked Woodley out cold in his most recent outing to date.
Now, with Paul being eager to get back into the squared circle, many are curious as to who he’ll take on next – but as noted during an interview with Sean O’Malley, it certainly won’t be Israel Adesanya.
“Honestly bro, he’s [Adesanya] like, probably the only fighter in the UFC that I wouldn’t fight.”
“He’s tall as f*** and bro his striking, I think he’s arguably one of the best strikers, top three ever in the history of the sport. There’s a lot of UFC fighters, yeah, he’s probably the only one who I wouldn’t [want to fight].”
The next step
Jake Paul has never been one to shy away from a challenge and this month was supposed to see him take on his biggest yet.
Initially, he was being lined up for a Madison Square Garden showdown against Tommy Fury, the first legitimate boxer he would’ve faced in his career. When that contest fell through he went on to book a collision with Hasim Rahman Jr, but once again, his foe pulled out to leave Paul without an opponent and without a showpiece event in the world’s most famous arena.
He’s already noted that he wants to return in October and given what we know about his career to this point, we’d say it’s anyone’s guess as to who he’ll be battling next.