After four consecutive losses by Tyron Woodley, a fight with popular yet relatively inexperienced YouTuber, Jake Paul, seemed like a golden opportunity for the former UFC welterweight champion. Following his UFC cut the boxing match is scheduled for late August. However, the excitement of a profitable super fight is restrained by fear of potential pull out from his opponent.
After a first round KO win over Ben Askren, Tyron Woodley, who has some memorable knockout wins behind his back during his UFC reign, seems like a huge step up in competition for Paul. Even though the only professional fighter Jake ever faced was 36 years old wrestler and his actual boxing skills are yet to be tested, famous social media name brings a lot of interest to the fight. His latest fight with Askren reportedly sold more than 1 million pay-per-views.
Although the legitimacy of these numbers has been questioned by a number of famous MMA figures, including UFC president Dana White, nobody can deny the ability of Paul brothers to draw attention, which indeed can be turned into profit. After only two more or less professional fights, Jake Paul can be considered as one of the biggest draws in boxing, so understandably, he had many options for his next opponent. Names like Michael Bisping, Kamaru Usman and even former UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier were discussed, but none went so far down the negotiation process as Tyron Woodley did. His fight with Jake has been booked for August 28.
Despite contracts being already signed, Woodley fears that Paul might pull a last-minute excuse to withdraw from a fight, as Tyron lately told Mike Swick on his podcast. He even talks about reducing the amount of training footage he uploads on his social media, not to “Scare off” his opponent. That is also the reason Woodley launched a campaign on Twitter to pressure Jake Paul, with hashtags #AntiBitchClause, targeting potential pull out and its prevention. He names number of potential excuses from Paul, like “being on monthly” or “fake coughing corona”.
The 39 year old veteran undoubtedly has belief in his boxing skills, after years of training and sparring with world champions. His last UFC knockout win dates back to UFC 201, when he finished Robbie Lawler to win the welterweight belt. He suffered some back-to-back one-sided losses at the end of his UFC career, but his last action-packed round against Vicente Luque made it clear that there is still gunpowder left in the “Chosen one”. Jake has been known to be conscious while choosing opponents, so Tyron’s fears can be justified. He cannot let this opportunity to slip away and is trying all he can to prevent fight cancellation, including pressure on social media with help from MMA community.