Jake Paul has the MMA community talking.
On Thursday, news broke that the YouTuber-turned-boxer has entered the MMA realm thanks to an exclusive multi-fight, multi-year deal with the PFL and their new Super Fight Division. Even UFC middleweight contender Kyle Daukaus said that it’s getting hard not to like the social media star.
“It’s getting really hard not to like the guy now.. 50% revenue and fighter advocacy… Big If True.”
It’s getting really hard not to like the guy now.. 50% revenue and fighter advocacy… Big If True https://t.co/pZHRJqyhkq
— Kyle Daukaus (@KyleDaukaus) January 5, 2023
Paul has been an advocate for increasing pay for fighters in the MMA. He has publicly criticized UFC President Dana White, who, for example, has been unable to re-sign heavyweight Francis Ngannou due to failure to renegotiate a new contract. PFL’s Super Fight division will promote two pay-per-view events in 2023 and promises to share 50% of its revenue with the fighters.
Here’s how the MMA community reacted.
Welcome to the PFL @jakepaul
— Anthony Pettis (@Showtimepettis) January 5, 2023
— Jeremy Stephens (@LiLHeathenMMA) January 5, 2023
Hey @PFLMMA I’m a free agent. I wouldn’t mind welcoming @jakepaul into the MMA world. 😘. But let’s be real. He’d never take this fight, even tho I’m like the shortest middleweight in history 🤷🏾♂️ should be a manageable W for him!
— Deron Winn (@DeronWinn) January 5, 2023
Jake Paul’s PFL video & signing is kinda fire 🔥 if we’re being honest 😂
— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) January 5, 2023
yooooooooo 🗣️ https://t.co/HOJ9tw8sCi
— Kevin Lee MTP (@MoTownPhenom) January 5, 2023
Wow Jake Paul to PFL that’s wild. Who we want to see him fight? I think @HurricaneShaneB should get it.
— Matt “The Steamrolla”Frevola (@SteamRollaa) January 5, 2023
Respect ✊🏾 https://t.co/DhhPDHphTG
— Terrance McKinney (@twrecks155) January 5, 2023
Jake Paul in MMA !? #mma
— Renato Moicano UFC (@moicanoufc) January 5, 2023
— Thiago “Marreta” Santos (@TMarretaMMA) January 5, 2023