Jake Paul is shifting on from the thought of a rematch with Tyron Woodley as a result of Woodley did not reside as much as a tattoo guess the pair made after the primary battle, Paul instructed ESPN on Monday.
Paul and Woodley appeared to make a gents’s settlement within the ring after Paul beat Woodley by way of break up resolution on Aug. 29. Woodley mentioned he wished a rematch, to which Paul mentioned Woodley must get an “I like Jake Paul” tattoo someplace on his physique. Woodley agreed and the 2 shook fingers.
“I am over it,” Paul mentioned. “I am leaving Tyron prior to now. He did not reside as much as the guess — he did not get the tattoo. So, the rematch simply would not make sense anymore.”
Paul, the polarizing YouTube star-turned-prizefighter, first introduced up the tattoo guess at a July information convention in Los Angeles. Woodley appeared to agree however later mentioned he didn’t. Paul mentioned that by not getting the tattoo Woodley blew his probability at one other profitable boxing match in opposition to him.
Woodley is the previous UFC welterweight champion who was making his professional boxing debut in opposition to Paul.
“If he would have gotten the tattoo straight away, bought 10 million views on his Instagram video, [then] everybody would have been tremendous hyped, there would have been a ton of press round it,” Paul mentioned. “And I’d have been form of compelled to do it. I could not actually deny him then, as a result of if he’ll be a person of his phrase, then I’ve to be a person of my phrase. So, he f—ed up. He missed out on one other large payday due to his ego.”
So, if not Woodley once more, who’s subsequent for the now 4-0 Paul? There are a number of “choices,” Paul mentioned.
One in every of them is Tommy Fury, the undefeated half-brother of heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. Tommy Fury, a actuality star in the UK, fought and gained on the Paul vs. Woodley undercard in opposition to Paul’s sparring companion Anthony Taylor. The thought was to place him on the cardboard as a potential future Paul opponent. Paul mentioned his group is “in talks” with Fury’s aspect a few battle.
“He’s the quote-unquote boxer,” Paul mentioned. “He comes from a legendary bloodline. Folks maintain saying, ‘Battle an actual boxer, battle an actual boxer.’ In order that battle is unquestionably attention-grabbing to me. I do not know if his title is large enough. We’re nonetheless trying on the pay-per-view numbers that got here in from the UK.”
Paul, 24, mentioned he is undecided if he’ll battle once more this 12 months or wait till early 2022. That will depend on who the following foe could possibly be. On Saturday evening, MMA legend Vitor Belfort, 44, referred to as out Paul after Belfort defeated 58-year-old legend Evander Holyfield.
Triller Battle Membership, Belfort’s promoter and Paul’s former promoter, pledged to place up $30 million for a winner-take-all match.
“It could possibly be a chance,” Paul mentioned. “However truthfully, Triller would not have that cash. There is no potential means. It is only a good play on their finish. It is not likely that attention-grabbing of a battle, for my part. Vitor, once more, is previous and washed up. He was a giant title at one level, however not for this form of new fight sports activities world. He is slightly bit too previous. It isn’t that thrilling. He is a better battle than Tyron. So, I do not know.”
Paul mentioned a battle in opposition to 46-year-old Anderson Silva, one of many biggest champions within the historical past of the UFC, was additionally one thing he’d contemplate. Silva is 2-0 now as a professional boxer in 2021 with wins over fellow MMA legend Tito Ortiz and former boxing world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. However Paul is anxious in regards to the narrative that he retains combating older, getting old athletes.
“I am in all probability gonna find yourself combating all of those guys in some unspecified time in the future, so we’re simply seeing what makes probably the most sense and taking it battle by battle,” Paul mentioned.
Probably the most attention-grabbing opponent of the lot? Jorge Masvidal, the holder of the legendary BMF title and one of many largest stars within the UFC. Paul and Masvidal have been as soon as pleasant, however issues boiled over earlier than the Paul vs. Woodley battle due to Masvidal’s loyalty towards Woodley, a longtime pal and fellow shopper of First Spherical Administration.
Masvidal, although, is beneath UFC contract, and Paul acknowledges it is a lengthy shot that the battle might occur whereas that’s the case.
“If his dad, [UFC president] Dana [White], lets him out of his contract, that will in all probability be the largest battle out of all of those that we’re speaking about,” Paul mentioned. “I’d love nothing extra. It is a good check for my ability, proper? He is the ‘Gamebred’ avenue fighter, along with his fingers. I’d love that — I’d love that battle.”