Former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and social media sensation Jake Paul made a wild bet during a press conference ahead of their boxing bout on August 29. “The Problem Child” and Woodley will box on Showtime pay-per-view in Cleveland, Ohio, starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
During the last part of the presser, Paul extended a risky bet to “The Chosen One.”
“If I beat you, you have to get ‘I love Jake Paul’ tattooed on you, but if you beat me, I get ‘I love Tyron Woodley’ tattoed on me,” Paul said to Woodley. “And you have to post in on your Instagram feed. Deal or no deal? Are you confident or not?”
Laughing, Woodley looked out to the audience and asked: “What do ya’ll think? Ya’ll think I should do it?”
Then, The Chosen One accepted Paul’s proposal. “Bet,” Woodley said.
Paul reiterated: “Deal or no deal?” And Woodley responded: “Deal.”
The two fighters then shook hands to confirm the bet. Watch the moment below:
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Woodley Will Be Paul’s Fourth Opponent As a Licensed Professional Boxer
Stepping into the ring on Sunday, August 29, Paul will look across at a terrifying power puncher. The Problem Child has boxed three other men as a licensed professional, but none are close to the level of striker Woodley is.
Paul holds wins over YouTuber AnEsonGib, former NBA point guard Nate Robins and former Bellator and ONE welterweight champion Ben Askren. He finished all three of his opponents within the first two rounds.
Woodley is one of the most accomplished UFC fighters ever as a five-time welterweight champion. He has a professional mixed martial arts record of 19-7 with seven wins coming by way of KO/TKO. The former champ has fallen on hard times lately, however. Woodley has lost his last four fights, three by dominant unanimous decisions and one by submission.
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The Stakes Are Massive for Both Fighters on August 29
Paul and Woodley have a lot to lose in the Showtime pay-per-view main event and now even more considering their new bet. For Paul, there is a lot of hype behind him, especially after starching Askren in the first round of their contest in April. With a loss to Woodley, the brash YouTuber will likely take a major fall in the trajectory of his boxing career and he may have to return to fighting other celebrities.
For Woodley, pride is at stake. Woodley has been a professional fighter for over two decades and should he lose to the former Disney actor, The Chosen One will likely be a target of jokes and memes from the Internet for the foreseeable future.
It’s a fun scrap with no shortage of storylines and stakes, and it all goes down on August 29, 2021, at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Clevland, Ohio.