Don’t expect UFC President Dana White to book Conor McGregor vs. Jake Paul.
Paul has been an Internet star thanks to his YouTube Channel. While he has other ventures such as music, Paul insists that he’s taking his journey as a professional boxer seriously. He’s off to a good start, going 2-0 with both bouts ended by way of knockout. The problem for many is, he’s already calling for a fight with former UFC “champ-champ” Conor McGregor.
While such a bout would undoubtedly be lucrative, there is a significant gap when it comes to combat sports experience. While McGregor only has one pro boxing match, he has had 26 pro MMA bouts with a record of 22-4. Even if it’s inside the boxing ring, McGregor’s edge in fighting experience is clear.
It’s the reason why White won’t entertain such a bout. He told TMZ Sports that he won’t attempt to make McGregor vs. Paul a reality (via BJPenn.com).
“Zero [chance]. Listen man, I get it. Both of these kids—[Jake Paul] and his brother [Logan]—have done a good job of injecting themselves into the fight world. I am a huge Boston Celtics fan. I love Nate Robinson. Nate’s awesome, ok? But have you ever seen basketball fights? Have you ever seen when fights break out on the basketball court? Some of the sh*ttiest fights you’ll ever see in your life.
“[Fighting] Nate Robinson and trying to take on Conor McGregor are two different things.”
Paul competed in the co-main event of the Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. card. He knocked out former NBA star Nate Robinson in the second round. McGregor is scheduled to collide with Dustin Poirier in a rematch at UFC 257.