This past Saturday at UFC 261 a confrontation outside of the octagon stole some headlines. That confrontation was between the former two-division champion Daniel Cormier (22-3, 1 NC) and internet celebrity turned boxer Jake Paul (3-0 Boxing).
Cormier went over to Jake Paul and got in his face with a simple message, “Don’t play with me.” The former UFC champion is not a fan of Paul’s antics and he’s had enough of the chirping.
Yesterday, the former UFC champion told Ariel Helwani that he would drop down to 205 pounds to fight Jake Paul. However, the stipulation was that it would have to be in a mixed martial arts competition.
Today, Helwani interviewed Jake Paul about his altercation with Cormier. Paul was very vocal on how he felt about the altercation with the former UFC champion.
“Are you about your sh*t or are you not about your sh*t. Dana White wouldn’t have done anything if you wanted to lay hands on me. You had your chance and you b*tched out. It’s embarrassing and you’re an embarrassment. You’re not a man of your word.”
Jake Paul on Daniel Cormier altercation
UFC vs Jake Paul
Jake Paul went on to say that he has no interest in fighting Cormier in a MMA match. However, he would be fully willing to box him. His reasoning was that he’s never trained in MMA but Cormier has trained in striking.
With that, I think it’s safe to say we will never see Paul fight the former two-division UFC champion. Helwani went on to ask Paul about potential opponents and if he wants to fight again this year.
Paul said that he wanted to box again this year and his number once choice comes from the UFC 262 co-main event. The number one target on Jake Paul’s hit list is Stockton’s Nate Diaz (20-12).
Diaz has two fights left on his current UFC contract so the odds of that happening are extremely low. On the other hand another fighter who is no longer under contract with the UFC is Tyron Woodley (19-7-1).
The former welterweight champion is someone that Jake Paul said he’d be interested in boxing. Now, I don’t believe that Paul would actually sign up to face Woodley, but he said he’d be interested.
For now, I think the DC and Jake Paul stuff will be put behind us outside of some internet trolling from Jake Paul.