On December 18, 2021, “The Problem Child” boxed during the Showtime PPV main event against former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley. It was the second time the two combatants shared a boxing ring together. Paul won their first fight back in August 2021 via split decision, but this time, he put a stamp on their rivalry.
Paul knocked out “The Chosen One” during the sixth round with one punch. You can watch the brutal KO below:
After he was officially named the winner of the bout, he spoke with Ariel Helwani inside the ring. And during their post-fight interview, The Problem Child took a shot at Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal, two fighters who were in attendance at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.
He said that the two had already left the arena and that if UFC president Dana White releases them from their contracts, he’ll “f*** them up too.”
“Y’all are some b****** for leaving this arena,” Paul said via Talk Sport’s Michael Benson. “I know you don’t want that s***. I’ll take out both of y’all next. Get out of your contracts with daddy Dana. I’mma f*** them up too.”
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Masvidal & Paul Became Enemies After Paul’s Ben Askren Bout
While Paul prepared to box former ONE and Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren earlier this year, he spent some time in the gym with Masvidal. However, the two went from cordial to enemies in the months after The Problem Child beat Askren.
Prior to Paul’s first fight with Woodley, Masvidal said that there was a high likelihood that The Chosen One was going to KO The Problem Child.
“I know Jake’s never been in there with a guy like that, that’s explosive, is a good athlete, and has a ton of experience over him,” Masvidal said on “The MMA Hour” via MMA Fighting. “So if Jake wins, f****** wild, my hat’s off to him, I was wrong, I don’t know s*** about fighting. But, chances are, Woodley’s going to knock him the f*** out.”
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Paul Said Masvidal Was Going to ‘Eat His Words’
Paul took issue with Masvidal’s stance and he took a shot at Masvidal’s most recent fight outcome. At UFC 261 in April 2021, “Gamebred” was knocked out cold by welterweight champ Kamaru Usman.
“He’s going to eat those words very quickly,” Paul said via MMA Mania. “This is coming from a guy who just got knocked out cold in an embarrassing way.”
“So yeah, maybe he doesn’t know that much about fighting,” Paul continued. “He’s been in this game for a long time. he’s got a lot of fights. he’s got a lot of experience. I respect him. I think Jorge has done a lot for this sport. I think he’s a good guy, but, unfortunately, my friend it’s a new era. No matter how much experience you have, it’s about the quality of the experience. Tyron and Jorge have the same manager, so of course, he’s going to say this. Of course, he’s going to side with his boy. But you know, maybe Jorge’s next, to be honest. After I take out this guy, he can step right up. I’m basically just showing these UFC champions and these amazing UFC strikers can’t really go at it and they can’t compete at my level, at least.”