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Days after his knockout win over former UFC champion Tyron Woodley, Jake Paul is already angling for a fight with another UFC star.
The YouTuber turned professional boxer put out a fight offer to Jorge Masvidal. Speaking on his brother’s podcast Impaulsive on Tuesday, Paul responded to Masvidal’s recent comments saying he won’t fight him and made him a lucrative offer in the process.
“Masvidal was like, ‘I either fight the best people or I fight for money. And you’re neither of those. You ain’t paying the right amount of money,’” Paul said. “Masvidal, I have an offer for you right now – $5 million guarantee, plus percentage of the pay-per-views.
“That’s the most you have ever done as a fighter, ever. So now you can’t say, ‘I either fight the best people or I fight for money.’ $5 million guarantee, plus pay-per-view. Let’s make it happen. That’s the most you have ever gotten paid. Period.”
Of course, Masvidal is under exclusive contract with the UFC and is not allowed to fight anywhere else unless given permission by the UFC. Recent fighters that have competed in boxing have fought out their UFC contracts or, in very few cases like Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather, have worked in conjunction with the UFC to make the boxing match happen.
Paul recognizes that a hurdle for a potential fight with Masvidal.
“Daddy Dana just has to let you out of your contract,
Paul said. “You work for the UFC. You’re a b*tch basically.”
It didn’t take long for Masvidal to respond to these comments. He took to Twitter telling Paul the purse would have to be much higher for the UFC to even consider making the fight.
“The UFC isn’t gonna let me go for chump change,” Masvidal wrote.
“Make that 20 guaranteed plus Ppv and I’m sure the UFC will be ok with it as long as I break them off their fee and then I’ll gladly break your face.”
1. The ufc isn’t gonna let me go for chump change.
2. Make that 20 guaranteed plus Ppv and I’m sure the ufc will be ok with it as long as I break them off their fee and then I’ll gladly break your face. https://t.co/2rcWvGyBl3
— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) December 21, 2021
Paul is currently in search of his next opponent. He’s 5-0 as a professional boxer with wins over former UFC fighters Woodley and Ben Askren. Paul mentioned Nate Diaz and Masvidal as opponents he’d be interested in fighting next.
“I’m down for either of these guys,” Paul said. “I think they say they’re about it but it seems so obvious. The general public looks at it like, ‘Oh yeah. Masvidal and Nate Diaz would kill Jake Paul.’ These dumbasses don’t understand that boxing is a different sport than MMA and that it’s literally light work.”