Jake Paul will step in the ring against UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.
Usman revealed to TMZ Sports in a video distributed Tuesday he may get a kick out of the chance to “beat the s- – t” out of “one of these web folks” since he doesn’t perceive any intriguing difficulties not too far off with regards to UFC. He didn’t specify Paul by name, however the ramifications was clear. He proceeded to reference Daniel Cormier’s encounter with Paul at UFC 261 and said Cormier should “let me deal with that.”
Paul said he’d be ready if UFC President Dana White approved the thought:
White worked with Mayweather Promotions for Conor McGregor’s fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr., so it’s conceivable he’d permit Usman to diverge for an oddball occasion with Paul. Yet, White has communicated disappointment with how the 24-year-old is making a special effort to challenge over a significant time span UFC stars.
Setting up McGregor to go against probably the best fighter of his age is a certain something. The previous two-division champion’s standing would have been fine regardless of the outcome.
Were Usman to battle Paul and lose, UFC may see his drawing power endure a shot. There would be no chance to get for the advancement to decidedly turn that result.
Given the stakes, it’s hard imagining White giving his approval to Paul’s solicitation.