Jake Paul might make a moved to blended martial arts quickly, because the YouTuber-turned-novice boxer mentioned he’s acquired an announcement coming and it includes a take care of a “massive group.”
On his “BS w/Jake Paul” present, the 25-year-old mentioned, “I’ve acquired an an announcement coming quickly, I can simply tease that. I’m working with an enormous group proper now on some time factor in MMA that additionally has to do with me preventing, and we’re going to have an announcement quickly.”
Paul mentioned that he will likely be coaching with Javier Mendez, and that he would “most likely want a yr, year-and-a-half to get the kicks down. I already know jiu-jitsu. I need to have the ability to do the whole lot in there — no less than checking kicks. I understand how to wrestle already.”
Paul is about to face Anderson Silva, a legit MMA legend with some precise boxing potential, in an Oct. 29 boxing bout on Showtime PPV.
Noting that he’ll want time to regulate is each reasonable and signifies that even when there’s an announcement quickly, an precise MMA battle most likely gained’t be coming till late 2023, possibly even into 2024. It’s unclear if he’d proceed his boxing profession within the meantime.
Paul’s relationship with MMA has all the time been kind of up-and-down, however as there there may be some perception (or concern, relying who you might be) that possibly his boxing profession is banging towards the ceiling of what it will possibly truly be — each within the ring and commercially — a pivot towards MMA would doubtlessly be an comprehensible thought.
Paul’s reference to Showtime Sports activities within the final couple of years makes it straightforward to suspect that the “massive group” he’ll be working with might be Bellator, who’re a part of Showtime’s fight sports activities model together with PBC boxing and the Jake Paul enterprise. UFC appears terribly unlikely, as he and Dana White do not need relationship, however they’re additionally each carnies at coronary heart, and there’d be a lot of cash to be made, no less than as soon as. In any other case, you’re most likely wanting internationally at RIZIN or somebody for a corporation that might each afford Paul and provides him a correct sufficient stage to not appear small-time.
Will probably be fascinating to see if he makes an attempt to battle solely boxers in potential MMA bouts.