If former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor steps inside the Octagon with YouTube sensation-turned boxer Jake Paul, he wouldn’t make it out of the first round, according to “The Problem Child.”
That’s what Paul said during a recent interview with TMZ Sports.
Paul, who is 5-0 in the ring with four knockouts, has been actively pursuing a bout with McGregor either in boxing or mixed martial arts. He recently sent out a challenge to UFC president Dana White, stating he’d accept a one-fight deal with the promotion to fight “Notorious” on certain conditions.
“Dana – Since you like me now, how about a 1 fight UFC deal to fight Conor,” Paul tweeted on March 12. “If I win, you agree to my UFC fighter pay and healthcare proposal. If I lose I donate my entire purse to all UFC fighters who make less than $50K a fight and never mention UFC again. Deal?”
And if The Problem Child does end up fighting McGregor in an MMA contest, he feels like he’ll KO the Irishman within the opening frame.
“Conor is on a downhill spiral,” Jake told TMZ Sports. “His limbs are all broken. So, stand-up game, I’m coming out and knocking him out, first round.”
McGregor is still recovering from the leg break he suffered in July 2021 at UFC 264. However, it appears Notorious is almost ready to get back to MMA training, and he’s said on multiple occasions he wants to fight later in 2022.
Paul Commented on McGregor’s Boxing Training Video Earlier This Month
On March 10, Notorious shared a video via social media of him hitting mitts. The Problem Child was clearly unimpressed, responding to the video: “This is embarrassing. Your chin is wide open with no head movement for the PROBLM CHILD right hand of God.”
Paul Has Also Challenged Jorge Masvidal to an MMA Fight
It’s not just McGregor that Paul has shown interest in fighting in an MMA bout. He also tweeted to White a few months back about a possible battle with UFC superstar Jorge Masvidal.
The Problem Child tweeted:
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.