Social media sensation Jake Paul shared footage on January 7, 2022, of himself kicking a pad.
According to Paul, it was the first time he had ever trained kicking. He posted the video on social media, and also tagged the official accounts of Bellator MMA and the Professional Fighters League.
“1st day training kicks, Paul tweeted. “Doubted every step of the way.. but kick down the doors of the doubters. @bellatormma @pflmma.”
Watch Paul practice a right kick via the Twitter embed below:
Paul is 5-0 as a professional boxer and holds a KO victory over former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, as well as a first-round TKO win over former Bellator and ONE 170-pound champion Ben Askren.
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Paul Issued a Challenge to UFC President Dana White
“The Problem Child” took to social media on January 1, 2022, to challenge UFC president Dana White. Paul tweeted that he would retire from boxing and fight UFC superstar Jorge Masvidal inside the Octagon if White agrees to three terms that would greatly benefit fighters monetarily and healthwise.
Happy new year @danawhite. Here is a real challenge for you…
I will immediately retire from boxing and fight Jorge Masvidal in the UFC if you agree to:
1) Increase min fighter pay per fight to $50k (it’s $12k now)
2) Guarantee UFC fighters %%50 of UFC annual revenues ($1bn in 2021)
3) Provide long term healthcare to all fighters (you previously said brain damage is part of the gig…imagine the NFL said that). There are many UFC alums who have publicly said they are suffering from brain damage
You have 5 days to accept and to implement the above by March 31, 2022. Once implemented I will immediately retire from boxing, enter USADA and agree to a 1 fight deal with UFC to fight weak chin Jorge.
To all UFC fighter – time to take a stand and create value for yourselves and your peers. You deserve higher pay, you deserve long term health and above all you deserve freedom. Support each other. I am not your enemy. I am your advocate…who selfishly wants to KO a few of you to make some big bank.
White Posted a Response Video, the 5 Days Have Passed
Although White shared a video of himself responding to Paul’s challenge, he didn’t answer The Problem Child’s demands adequately.
On January 6, 2022, five days after he issued to challenge, Paul changed his demands, tweeting: “5 days have passed & while I’ve agreed to be tested, Dana has vanished like casper. Dana: my 1 fight deal, I will fight for $50K, the new min. You make millions off of me & all of UFC fighters benefit from the new min, rev share share and healthcare.”
With Paul tagging the Professional Fighters League and Bellator in his kicking post, it may be a sign that he’s moving on from pursuing any sort of business arrangement with the UFC president.
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