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Jake Paul is ready to make maybe probably the most dramatic transfer of his fight sports activities profession to date, agreeing to a multi-fight contract to compete for combined martial arts group PFL (Skilled Fighters League).
Paul, the YouTube sensation who has shaken up boxing with a 6-0 begin to his skilled profession and generated a flurry of publicity, is now anticipated to compete in each sports activities in 2023.
“I’ve proven myself in and out of the boxing ring, and now I am going to do the same in MMA —, and there is no limit to the positive impact I can make on the sport,” Paul stated, in an announcement launched by PFL. “I plan to enter the PFL SmartCage and once again show the world that anything is possible with hard work and dedication.”
The PFL deal entails a collaboration between Paul and the league, in keeping with the launch of a brand new “Super Fight” division that can see its occasions broadcast on pay-per view.
When Paul first boxed, many suspected, like so many different superstar fights, that his contests would deliver quite a lot of hype however little sporting substance. Nonetheless, he has quieted skeptics together with his devotion to bettering his struggle expertise and his final 4 victories have all been in opposition to MMA athletes — Ben Askren, Tyron Woodley (twice) and Anderson Silva.
Outdoors the ring, he has proven dedication to the candy science by selling the rights of feminine fighters and promised to do the identical in MMA.
“I am aligned with PFL to evolve the sport,” Paul added. “I believe in PFL, their mission and what they have accomplished in a very short period of time. I invite all top MMA fighters, both men and women, to join the PFL and get a payday like they’ve never had before.”
The PFL assertion indicated that the Tremendous Combat division will stage two occasions this yr and is “open for business” instantly. Its most eye-catching component is the promise of a groundbreaking income cut up that can see fighters earn no less than 50 % of the PPV take. Paul has been a critic of Dana White and repeatedly claimed the UFC chief underpays his fighters.
In addition to preventing for PFL, Paul can even undertake a task as Head of Fighter Advocacy, the place it’s anticipated he’ll use his big social-media platforms to spice up curiosity within the league.
Paul’s most up-to-date struggle was a unanimous factors choice victory over UFC legend Anderson Silva on October 29.
His transfer to MMA is one other daring step that can inevitably trigger some to query about whether or not he can presumably be aggressive, given his restricted expertise within the sport.
If Paul has proven something up so far, it’s that he shouldn’t be underestimated.
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Martin Rogers is a columnist for FOX Sports activities and the writer of the FOX Sports activities Insider publication. Observe him on Twitter @MRogersFOX and subscribe to the day by day publication.
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