Jake Paul and Khabib Nurmagomedov could meet in the YouTuber's MMA debut after Paul challenged the former UFC lightweight champion to a fight.Paul,
Jake Paul and Khabib Nurmagomedov could meet in the YouTuber’s MMA debut after Paul challenged the former UFC lightweight champion to a fight.
Paul, who has a 5-0 record as a boxer, has been training as an MMA fighter while looking for an opportunity to switch combat sports.
Khabib extended an offer of assistance from the Russian and his team to help Paul’s preparation and promotion.
And the 25-year-old agreed to the partnership, on the condition that the undefeated Khabib be Paul’s first opponent.
“Deal done,” Paul said. “[Pero] only if I fight you first.”
Khabib retired from the UFC in 2020 with 29 wins and no losses.
Since then, he has ventured into fight promotion by purchasing and renaming the Russia-based company Eagle Fighting Championship.
Paul, who defeated two former UFC fighters under boxing rules, has now been working with Khabib’s trainers to prepare to switch to MMA.
However, the American has suggested that he is unwilling to shed significant amounts of mass to enter a lower weight class.
“When I make my MMA debut, I could drop 20 pounds and do it at welterweight/170 pounds. That’s what all UFC fighters do and many have destroyed their bodies and minds doing it.” Paul wrote in a tweet addressed to the president of the UFC, Dana White.
“But I will do it at middleweight (185). Health first. PS: Connor [McGregor se anda] walking around with 190 pounds.”