Jake Paul Reveals '50/50' Gameplan For What He's Looking For In First MMA Opponent
Jake Paul’s move to MMA will come to fruition in the PFL and be a calculated process when deciding on an opponent.
Paul will face Andre August in his next boxing matchup on December 15th in Orlando. He returns after defeating former UFC standout Nate Diaz by unanimous decision, in a bounce-back win following his first professional loss.
Amidst his rise in boxing, Paul is looking ahead to new challenges inside the ring. Outside of it, he’s preparing for his anticipated MMA debut in the PFL next year against a to-be-determined opponent.
Paul is interested in facing Paul in MMA after their boxing clash, but he’s opened up on what he’s looking for out of his first cage fight.
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In a recent interview with The MMA Hour, Paul explained what he wants in his first MMA fight, and reaffirmed his interest in running it back with Diaz in the cage.
“It has to be a big name, but at the same time it has to be a fight where I think it’s 50/50,” Paul shared. “Nate Diaz is the perfect person for that. I genuinely, wholeheartedly know that I can beat him, but I also know it’s going to be a challenge.
“We want to make an MMA fight happen quickly. The opponent has to make a ton of sense…I’d have to really, really, really work for it, but that’s what excites me is going into these fights with it being a 50/50 chance of an outcome.”
A timeframe for Paul’s first MMA fight hasn’t been discussed, but he could potentially turn his attention towards MMA following the August fight. He’s also hinted at a rematch with Tommy Fury, who handed him his first career defeat earlier this year.
Paul wants to a take a similar approach to MMA as he has in boxing, and garner the attention of the sport by facing top-tier opponents.
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