Jake Paul hasn’t locked down his next opponent, but ideally he would like the chance to settle the score with former friend and one-time training partner Jorge Masvidal.
The 24-year-old social influencer turned boxing superstar is still celebrating his recent win over ex-UFC champion Tyron Woodley but he’s started to look ahead at what comes next while seeking his fifth straight win since turning pro.
Prior to his recent fight, Paul engaged in a volatile war of words with Masvidal after he backed Woodley to win despite previously helping “The Problem Child” get ready for a showdown against Ben Askren back in April. Paul ripped Masvidal for turning traitor on him and now he’s fired up about a potential fight to settle the grudge once and for all.
“I mean honestly just from a personal standpoint, I would love for it to be Masvidal,” Paul told The MMA Hour when asked about who he’d like to fight next. “Just cause of the sh*t talk. Just cause of his name. Just cause he’s still in his prime era and there’s a lot of personal beef there. I just took out his boy Tyron.
“But hopefully Dana [White] would let him out of his contract but we’re not sure if that can happen. But for me personally, I think that would be the toughest challenge, the toughest guy and the biggest name. The most relevant currently. I think that’s the one to make. I think it will happen at some point regardless, but that’s at the top of my list for sure.”
While it seems likely that Masvidal would gladly accept the challenge, it’s almost impossible to imagine the UFC would sign off on allowing him to crossover to boxing while still under contract with the promotion.
The UFC has rarely ever participated in any kind of co-promotion outside of allowing Conor McGregor to face Floyd Mayweather in a lucrative boxing match in 2017.
It also doesn’t help matters much that Paul has gone out of his way to irritate UFC president Dana White at every turn, often needling him over fighter pay and contract issues with the athletes on his roster.
“We’ll see,” Paul said about his expectations to actually fight Masvidal. “His dad Dana White just has to let him. That’s what it comes down to. Dana wouldn’t let [Georges St-Pierre] fight in that Triller Fight Club that he was trying to do. Dana blocked him from doing that so Dana’s just blocking everyone, being greedy.
“I think he’s starting to realize I’m embarrassing a lot of his UFC fighters. It’s a bad look for him but there is money to be made so we’ll see what ends up happening for sure.”
Whether it’s Masvidal or another mixed martial artist such as Vitor Belfort or Anderson Silva, Paul is ready for whatever challenge comes his way.
In fact while Paul has openly stated that he wants to take on an opponent with prior boxing experience to prove he’s ready for a bigger step up in competition, he can’t deny the appeal that comes along with the high profile bouts against MMA’s best and brightest.
It’s clear he likes his chances against all of them.
“The notion that these MMA fighters think that I’m scared of them is just funny or that I’m running away?” Paul said. “Guys, I’ve fought four times in the past two years. You can’t even really fight more than that if you’re doing big fights. I’m going to back-to-back-to-back on these b*tch ass MMA fighters. Like, line them up, I will take all of them down. You guys cannot box. I outboxed five-time UFC f*cking champion. Vitor Belfort didn’t even get close to winning that many championships. The notion that you guys are scared.
“You guys cannot box for sh*t. There is not one moment in the fight where Tyron was outboxing me. Not one. The notion that you guys are scared. I just took out one of your best fighters, Hall of Fame of all time and sh*t all over him on a bad night on a hyperextended elbow. So f*ck all of you.”