Paddy Pimblett Proposes Alternative To Jake Paul’s Challenge

Pimblett made claims against Paul earlier this week.

On Monday, UFC lightweight Paddy Pimblett claimed that Jake Paul’s boxing matches are “fixed.” 

Paul responded to the accusations on Tuesday and offered Pimblett to spar for $1 million. Pimblett gave his answer. 

Pimblett’s claim follows Paul’s latest win over Anderson Silva. Silva was knocked down in the eighth round, but the UFC fighter said during an appearance on “Pub Talk” that the YouTuber-turned-boxer “didn’t even hit him.” 

“I don’t think the Tyron Woodley knockout was fixed because when you get knocked out like that and you land face first, if you’re not unconscious you’re going [puts arms out]. You can’t help it. That’s a human reaction,” he said. 

“But I seen an angle of a punch he hit Anderson Silva with the other day when he sat down, and he didn’t even hit him.” 

Before that, Pimblett did give Paul respect for improving inside the ring. But still, he thinks the fights are rigged. 

Paul caught wind of the statement and issued his challenge on social media. 

In an interview with TMZ Sports, Pimblett gave more details behind his response. 

“I’m under contract by the UFC. He said this knowing full well I’m fighting next week…come to the PI next week! Bring a million dollars in a bag and I’ll spar with you,” he said.  

“I’m in Vegas on Thursday…even though I’m low on calories and about 170, he likes picking on smaller people anyway…I’m game. Not to worry, he can come to the PI and we’ll get into the cage, simple as that.” 

“I’ll box him up. I don’t even think he’s a bad boxer, I think he’s a decent boxer,” he added.  

“All he’s done is box in the past two years. I think he beats Tommy Fury, but I know he wouldn’t beat me. I know for a fact he wouldn’t…I think Anderson Silva just sat down for him…” 

Pimblett is just one of a number of either current or former MMA fighters that Paul has challenged. Paul is 6-0 with four knockouts. Of his wins, Silva, Woodley and Ben Askren are former MMA fighters. 

Paul has also called out recently-UFC-released Nate Diaz to a boxing match, which he mutually agreed to. 

But as for the YouTuber-turned-boxer, it seems like WBO welterweight pro boxing champion Terence Crawford has no issue with “The Problem Child.” 

“I can’t knock the next man for putting food on his family’s table,” Crawford told The MMA Hour.  

“It’s entertainment at the end of the day. They’re just going in there to entertain the fans, and if the fans are going to pay them to entertain them, so be it. 

“I’ll watch the real fighters. Not saying these guys aren’t real fighters, because these guys get in the ring and put their life on the line, just like any other fighter does. They’ve been doing it for a number of years, but at the same time, it’s a different skill set and different skill level.” 

Pimblett fights next weekend at UFC 282 against Jared Gordon in the co-main event. Paul does not have an upcoming fight scheduled. 

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