And to the surprise of many, the fight went eight, hard-fought rounds. In the end, the YouTuber won the split decision, extending his professional record to 4-0. “The Chosen One” is now 0-1 as a boxer.
After the fight, Woodley called for a rematch with “The Problem Child” and Paul said he would oblige, as long as the former UFC welterweight champion gets “I love Jake Paul” tattoed on his body.
Only time will tell if these two will rematch or if they’ll go separate directions.
Read on to see some of the top reactions from the combat sports world via Twitter.
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Several UFC Champions Weighed in on the Paul vs. Woodley Bout
Current UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman simply shared a face-palm emoji.
UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling tweeted about the agreement Woodley and Paul made during their post-fight interview inside the ring. Sterling wrote: “WHAT?!?! Lmfaooo!!!! BRUUUHHH!!! NOOO!!! F*** that tattoo, my guy!! Take the split dec L and move on. Not worth it IMO. #PaulWoodley.”
Reigning UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya seemingly called back to Paul’s banter about grabbing Woodley’s “cheeks.” “Smack his ass,” Adesanya said in a video he posted to Twitter. “Don’t ask me how I know that. … But Tyron definitely doesn’t like getting his ass smacked, so if you want to piss him off or you just want to troll him a bit, smack his ass. He hates it.”
He tweeted: “Grab dem cheeks… Do it when you hug him. He hates it lol.”
Former UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier tweeted: “Jake Paul showed he has toughness and won’t quit! Tyron wasn’t active enough, not a bad fight tho. It was activity! Paul was exhausted and when guys are that tired gotta show em the door. Whatever man. Dammit Tyron.”
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz tweeted, “.@jakepaul for the win!”
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Nate Diaz, Claressa Shields & Others Also Reacted to the Fight
UFC superstar Nate Diaz wrote: “These guys both suck.”
UFC middleweight star Kevin Holland wrote: “Woodley should go back to rapping….. Oh wait, no he shouldn’t do that either. #cmonman #paulvswoodley.”
UFC women’s strawweight fighter Kay Hansen wrote, “That’s it. Jake Paul vs Francis Ngannou is the only answer.”
Women’s boxing GOAT Claressa Shields wrote: “Woodley won. Not arguing with y’all delusional mfs tonight.”
Former UFC flyweight fighter Ian McCall wrote, “Wow just wow … 2 Mma legends (that I respect very much btw) have been embarrassed but a YouTuber. I’m entertained so whatever haha.”
MMA writer Shaun Al-Shatti wrote, “Tyron Woodley remains one of the most frustrating fighters ever to watch. #PaulWoodley.”
Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and Bellator fighter Dillon Danis wrote: “jake is very flat footed basic overhands closes his eyes when he throws that’s easy work.”