Jake Paul received an intriguing offer from Khabib Nurmagomedov, but the YouTuber-turned-pro-boxer responded with his own offer.
First, Paul tweeted a message to Dana White, saying, “@danawhite when I make my MMA debut I could lose 20 pounds and make it to welterweight/170 pounds. It’s what all UFC fighters do and many have destroyed their bodies and minds doing it.
“But I will do it at middleweight (185). Health first. PS Conor walking around at 190.”
Khabib, a man who went 29-0 and retired the 2020 UFC lightweight champion, responded to Paul and told him his team was always welcome with his promotion.
“The doors to @EagleFightClub are always open for you and your team.”
However, Paul had one condition in mind: “Deal. only if I fight you first.
It’s unclear where Paul means in a boxing ring or on an MMA cage. Khabib is famous for his grappling skills and although he can punch, he is not a boxer.
On the other hand, if Paul got on the mats and wrestled Khabib, even with the height difference, it’s hard to see it going well for him.
Late last year, Paul suggested that when he was ready to embark on his MMA career, he would team up with Javier Mendez and the American Kickboxing Academy, the team behind Khabib.
“I’m going to go get coached by Javier Mendez, Team Khabib and that’s it,” Paul said after beating Tyron Woodley for the second time.
“They’re down, 100% – I have to go 10-0 or 12-0 first in boxing, then I’m going to hit that MMA fight.”
Mendez corrected those comments and said that while he’s open to the idea, it’s not something that’s already been agreed upon as Paul suggested.
“It could happen, but like everyone else, we have to go through all the coaches and all the fighters that are here and all the famous athletes like him,” Mendez told The Schmo.
“They will follow the routine that everyone does, so it will have to be voted on by everyone. If there’s a particular person who doesn’t want him here for that particular reason, he can’t be here, so everyone should vote.
“First of all, he never asked. What he did was he marketed himself beautifully.
“I loved the plug he gave us, I think it was a fantastic plug and I think he’s a fantastic person and I think it markets fantastic, I love what ‘he does,” Mendez said.
Paul is expected to continue his professional boxing career for the time being and look to improve on his 5-0 (4 KO) record.
Yet his rivalry with Dana White and his crusade to see UFC fighters paid more shows no signs of letting up.