Jake Paul to face former UFC champion Tyron Woodley on Aug. 28

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Jake Paul has his next opponent.

The YouTuber-turned-boxer will face former UFC fighter Tyron Woodley on Aug. 28, his first bout since signing a multi-fight deal with Showtime, according to multiple reports. The fight will be contested at 190 pounds. No site was announced.

Paul (3-0) is coming off a first-round knockout over retired MMA star Ben Askren in April.

“I have a list of people I plan on shutting up with my fists,” Paul said in a formal statement. “And as I enter my fourth pro fight, I am excited to knock the first one off the list by challenging myself against a five-time UFC champion known for his knockout power. Tyron’s a seasoned striker who has fought the best in the world. I certainly respect his career, but I will be sending Tyron into a permanent siesta on August 28.

“Maybe this time [UFC President] Dana White will actually be a man and put his money on his former champion instead of trying to undermine my success like a jealous ex. Influencer vs MMA: Let’s get it on. It’s showtime.”

Woodley (19-7-1 MMA, 9-6-1 UFC) is ranked No. 11 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie welterweight rankings.

The former UFC champion recently ended his tenure in MMA’s biggest promotion following an eight-year run. “The Chosen One” closed out his octagon career on a four-fight skid, ceding his title to current champ Kamaru Usman before also suffering setbacks against current top contenders Gilbert Burns, Colby Covington and Vicente Luque.

Woodley had challenged Paul in an interview with TMZ.

“Come and get this smoke for real,” Woodley said. “I’m in, and I can actually find him. People that keep talking about fighting him, they’re not even in position to fight him. I can actually fight him.”

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