Daniel Cormier isn’t entertaining a showdown with Jake Paul because he feels it would be a slaughter.
Paul has turned some heads in the world of boxing for better or worse. While Paul is known for being an Internet celebrity, he has been trying his hand in the world of boxing. He is 3-0 with three knockout victories. He’s fresh off a first-round TKO win over former Bellator and ONE Championship titleholder Ben Askren.
Cormier and Paul have traded barbs through social media. Cormier told ESPN’s Ariel Helwani that Paul shouldn’t even think about fighting him, not even inside the boxing ring (h/t Bad Left Hook).
“This dude would never fight me. I would kill him. Why would I ever fight someone like that?” Cormier said. “But my immediate reaction was, ‘I can’t stand this kid.’ So it works! I can’t stand this kid! But who punches down? You don’t punch down to somebody. I’m the guy that’s in the Hall of Fame. I’m the guy that won two world championships at the same time.
“I’m not gonna punch down to some kid that’s on YouTube that’s, like, ‘Fight me!’ Like, why? What have you done to earn the right to fight me? So, no, it’s silly and stupid. But I would like him to fight Tyron. I would like to see him fight somebody more real. Don’t fight Ben Askren at 190, bloated.
“Fight a middleweight (185 lbs in MMA). Fight Luke Rockhold! Let me see you fight Luke Rockhold or somebody like that. And then I will not only say that you have base skills, I will say you’re a real fighter. Because right now it’s all pretend. It’s all pretend.”