March 31, 2023

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Jake Paul to make MMA debut in 2023 after signing take care of PFL

Jake Paul is about to compete in combined martial arts for the primary time in 2023 after signing a multi-year contract with the Skilled Fighters League, he advised Kris Rhim of The New York Instances.

Paul co-founded and can compete in a brand new division, often known as Tremendous Combat, with occasions on pay-per-view. He additionally acquired an fairness share within the PFL as a part of the deal.

Within the Tremendous Combat division, fighters will earn at the least 50 % of the pay-per-view income – a stark distinction to the UFC mannequin by which fighters earn lower than 20 % of whole income.

Since starting his boxing profession, the social media star has been a vocal critic of the UFC over fighter pay, typically clashing with Dana White, the promotion’s president.

“That is about altering MMA, disrupting, innovating, and creating the subsequent huge league,” Paul mentioned.

The 25-year-old plans to combat twice in 2023, although no dates have been determined upon.

Nevertheless, Paul has an opponent in thoughts: Nate Diaz, who lately left the UFC and is now a free agent. Paul said he has supplied Diaz a two-fight deal that would come with a boxing match after which an MMA bout within the PFL four-to-six months later.

“I might beat Nate Diaz up in a MMA combat,” Paul mentioned. “There’s nothing he might do. To me, I’ve all the time felt like I’ve jumped within the deep finish, even in boxing, possibly moreover, like, Ben Askren.”

Paul is 6-0 as a boxer, most lately beating former UFC champion Anderson Silva. He additionally owns two wins over Tyron Woodley, one other ex-UFC titleholder.

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