Conor McGregor may have snapped his leg in his last fight, but he is still one of the biggest names in combat sports. McGregor also proved he still has drawing power despite winning just one fight in five years, with UFC 264 against Dustin Poirier being one of the most successful UFC pay-per-views of all time.
Because of that, it comes as no surprise that some people are calling out the Irishman for a big payday.
Enter Jake Paul.
The YouTuber turned boxer who has proven to be one of the biggest draws in boxing over the past few months is now saying that he is in talks with McGregor’s team to set up a potential “money fight” when the former two-division UFC titleholder is healed.
“I think it will happen. Look, I’m the money fight for Conor McGregor right now,” Paul told The Herd. “There is no other fighter right now who is on a bigger level than me that is calling out Conor McGregor and wants to fight Conor. Our team is in touch with his team and there’s talks of it actually happening. People at first thought I was just joking when I said I wanted to fight him. But now it’s as real as it gets, it’s more real than ever and by the way, if we do fight, I’m going to knock him out.”
But first, Paul will need to get past former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.
“I think Tyron Woodley is a harder opponent than Conor McGregor,” Paul said, as transcribed by MMAFighting.com. “Conor, I think the fame, the money has gotten to his head. He’s lost that fighter’s edge, that motivation. Look, he’s a smaller guy. He’s 5-foot-8, 155 pounds. Tyron Woodley is a 200-pound, massive, explosive guy. He’s a lot more dangerous than Conor McGregor.
“He’s a very, very dangerous opponent but my boxing ability is just better. I have better coaches, I have a better team, and I have that natural talent. I’ve got a God-given gift of power and speed and I electrocute my opponent and shock them and leave them on the canvas.”
Paul will take on Woodley on Aug. 29 at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Paul’s hometown of Cleveland, Ohio.