Dana White on Woodley – Paul boxing match: ‘Woodley should knock him out, but…’

UFC, Dana White

The world has been buzzing this week on the news that Showtime Boxing has booked Jake Paul (3-0) against former UFC champion Tyron Woodley (19-7-1). This will be the first time in his short boxing career that Jake Paul is taking on someone who can do damage.

Paul recently signed an exclusive deal with Showtime Boxing and they are immediately upping his competition. Yesterday, I said that Jake Paul deserves credit and a little respect for at least taking on someone who has a lot of power like Woodley.

Yes, he’s still not taking on someone legit in boxing. However, it would’ve been easy for Paul to take on someone with virtually no power or striking experience in his next boxing matchup. Instead, he’s taking on a former UFC champion with serious knockout power.

UFC President Dana White was asked about the boxing matchup during his appearance on Mike Swick’s Podcast this week. White made a prediction for the matchup, but he did hedge a little on that prediction.

Who will win the boxing match?

When asked to give a prediction, Dana White said, “I’d have to go with Woodley by knockout. Listen man, Woodley should knock him out. But, again, the Tyron Woodley you talk about… Isn’t the same f**kin’ guy he was four years ago.”

White also pointed out the fact that Woodley will head into this boxing matchup having lost four straight. Yes, Woodley isn’t the same guy that he was just a few years ago and he is getting up there in age.

Dana White brought up a lot of valid points about this boxing matchup. In reality, Tyron Woodley should win this, but he’s not even the betting favorite. Those lines likely play off Woodley’s losing streak and his age.

I will say that the Tyron Woodley we saw at UFC 260 was the best version of Woodley we’ve seen in a while. He was aggressive and he hurt Vicente Luque in the first round. If Woodley is calculated and aggressive, he could put Jake Paul out cold in their boxing matchup.

You can view White’s full appearance below:

Boxing: Jake Paul deserves respect for taking the Tyron Woodley fight

The boxing world was lit on fire yesterday when it was reported that Jake Paul (3-0) would be taking on former UFC champion Tyron Woodley (19-7-1) next. Paul recently signed an exclusive deal with Showtime Boxing in order to take his career to the next level.

In signing with Showtime, you had to expect the competition level would get steeper for Jake Paul. That said, I think everyone was expecting incremental steps up before taking on some really big names.

However, Jake Paul threw that strategy out the window. Paul is coming off of a first round knockout over former top MMA contender Ben Askren. Askren is known for his wrestling and he’s known as one of the worst strikers in all of MMA.

With that, there were a lot of people who were not impressed by his last boxing performance. Yes, Paul got a first round knockout. However, Askren can’t even compete with a lot of beginners in boxing.

Paul has been vocal about his desire to fight MMA fighters in a boxing ring. Fighters like Dillon Danis or even Diego Sanchez were being rumored. However, Paul decided to take a giant step forward and take on a former UFC champion with dynamite in his hands.

Boxing Respect

For the first time in his boxing career, Jake Paul is taking on someone dangerous. He’s taking on someone who can do serious damage to him inside the ring. Tyron Woodley is not Ben Askren.

Yes, Woodley has struggled mightily losing his last four fights inside the octagon. However, even just this year, Woodley showed that he’s still incredibly dangerous. In his fight against Vicente Luque, he rocked Luque and showed off his explosiveness.

I’m not a Jake Paul fan and I think he’s been incredibly disrespectful towards the MMA community. That said, he’s earned a ton of my respect in taking on this fight. Paul could fight tomato cans and make millions.

However, in fighting Woodley, he’s showing that he’s serious about boxing. He’s the betting favorite, which is crazy to me, and he’s putting everything on the line in this one. If he gets starched by Woodley, there’s no coming back.

Tyron Woodley and Jake Paul agree to boxing match

UFC, Tyrone Woodley

Jake Paul (3-0) is getting a big step up in his boxing competition. The Athletic was the first to report today that the internet celebrity turned boxer has agreed to a fight against former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley (19-7-1).

Paul is coming off of a first round knockout over Woodley’s teammate and close friend Ben Askren. Jake Paul also recently signed an exclusive deal with Showtime boxing. The deal between Paul and Showtime is a multi-fight deal.

When the deal was announced, it was also said that Paul’s next opponent would be announced soon. With signing with Showtime Boxing, you had to figure that Jake Paul would be getting a step up in competition.

Showtime is not going to put on shows the way that Triller did. However, Paul has seemed up for the challenge in stepping up the competition level. After his last knockout victory, there’s been a lot of back and forth between Paul and the former UFC champion, Tyron Woodley.

Woodley fought out his UFC contract a few months ago and he’s been shopping around his options. However, he’s been very vocal about his desire to get in the boxing ring opposite Jake Paul.

Boxing: Jake Paul – Tyron Woodley

This is a huge step up and a big risk if you’re Jake Paul. He’s never been in a boxing ring with someone like Tyron Woodley. Yes, Woodley is a wrestler by trade, however, he has incredible power and speed.

We are going to learn a lot about Jake Paul in this boxing match. He’s not going to go out in the first round and starch Tyron Woodley the way that he did Ben Askren. I guarantee you he’s also going to have his chin tested in this one.

We’ve never really seen Jake Paul take a punch in the boxing ring. Let alone take a punch from someone with power and skill. He’s going to eat some shots from the former UFC champion.

To be honest, I’m very surprised that Paul took this fight. I figured he might fight Woodley eventually, but I didn’t think it would be this soon. This is an event that I will¬† definitely be watching.

Boxing: Jake Paul signs multi-fight deal with Showtime

One of the hottest names in boxing and in combat sports has a new home. Internet celebrity turned boxer Jake Paul (3-0) has signed a new exclusive deal with Showtime Sports. Moving forward, Showtime will host Jake Paul’s future boxing matches.

ESPN’s Marc Raimondi broke the story last night that Paul had signed a deal with Showtime. Paul’s representatives confirmed the news to Raimondi and stated that they were making progress on Paul’s next opponent in the boxing ring.

Jake Paul’s adviser Nakisa Bidarian told ESPN, “Jake is proud of the events he participated in with Triller and appreciates the opportunities they afforded him. Jake is excited to continue his boxing career with Showtime Boxing. Fight announcement coming soon.”

At this time, there is no word on who the potential opponent will be for Jake Paul’s next boxing match. For the last few months, Paul has been targeting the MMA community. Back in April, he fought former world champion Ben Askren.

Paul scored a first round knockout and proceeded to call out some of the bigger names in the MMA community like Daniel Cormier. Plenty of additional MMA fighters have voiced their interest in jumping into the boxing ring with The Problem Child.

Showtime Boxing’s New Star

One thing to keep in mind about Jake Paul’s new boxing deal is the fact that Showtime also has an exclusive deal with Bellator MMA. That alone can create opportunities for Jake Paul to compete against some MMA fighters.

Bellator and Jake Paul are now exclusively on Showtime and you can imagine that Showtime execs are already brainstorming. As mentioned by Paul’s adviser, a fight announcement is coming and they are closing in an opponent.

One name to watch here would be Dillon Danis (2-0). Danis and Paul have been calling each other out for some time and Danis fights for Bellator. Perhaps Showtime executives could convince Scott Coker to let Danis participate in a boxing matchup with Jake Paul.

There have been some whispers about Diego Sanchez (30-13). However, I pray that is just talk and there’s nothing serious there. Former UFC champion Tyron Woodley (19-7-1) has been calling Jake Paul out since he became a free agent, but I can’t see Paul accepting that fight.

Jake Paul’s next boxing matchup will be against someone with MMA experience with limited striking skills. Paul can be a star for Showtime and I guarantee they don’t want to risk him losing after just inking him to a multi-fight deal. This will definitely be something to watch in the coming weeks.

UFC: Jake Paul on Daniel Cormier confrontation: ‘You had your chance and you b*tched out’

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.

Boxing: Who will be next for Jake Paul?

Last weekend we saw the boxing match that the world has been talking about for months. Internet celebrity, Jake Paul (3-0), took on former MMA world champion, Ben Askren. This was the first legit combat sports athlete to face Paul inside the squared circle.

That said, Askren might be the worst striker in MMA history when it comes to former world champions. Askren was an Olympic level wrestler but he was never known for good striking. However, Askren was willing to step in there with Jake Paul to see exactly what he was made of.

1.5 million PPV buys and a first round knockout later showed Ben Askren that Jake Paul is insanely popular and he has quite the right hand. With a first round knockout win over Ben Askren, Jake Paul has his first legit boxing victory. However, a win over Askren is still nothing to write home about.

After the boxing match, former UFC world champion Tyron Woodley called out Paul. However, there seems to be no interest from the Paul camp in boxing the former champion. With that being said, what is the strategy for Jake Paul’s boxing career? Who will Jake Paul be fighting next?

Jake Paul’s next boxing opponent

Let’s be very clear about the fact that Jake Paul is smart. He might act like an idiot, but he’s very smart and he has some business savvy people around him. Jake Paul has dedicated his life to boxing, but he’s not good enough to jump in with legit strikers.

After three years of training, Paul can do some serious damage to guys who don’t know how to strike in the boxing ring. However, seasoned strikers would pick apart even his smallest mistakes. Jake Paul is not going to take a risky fight next and that’s important to keep in mind.

For his next venture into boxing, I expect Jake Paul to take on Dillon Danis (2-0 MMA). Danis and Paul have had a ton of verbal back and forths over the last year. Danis is a world champion in Jiu Jitsu, but he’s not known for his boxing. I think most would favor Jake Paul in that matchup.

With that said, I think Danis is the clear favorite. It’s a favorable matchup for Jake Paul and he would be boxing a legit fighter. Unlike Askren, Danis is an active mixed martial artist competing in Bellator. If Paul were to win that matchup expect his chirping to become even louder.

Boxing: Would Jake Paul accept a matchup with Tyron Woodley?

UFC, Tyrone Woodley

Last night, the world got to witness the boxing match between Jake Paul (3-0) and former MMA world champion Ben Askren (19-2, 1 NC). Heading into the matchup it was tough to predict what was truly going to happen.

On one hand, you’d think Jake Paul would be a massive favorite. While that might not make much sense, it does when considering the opponent. Yes, it is true that Ben Askren is a former world champion in two different MMA organizations.

However, he’s also one of the worst strikers of all time when considering MMA world champions. Askren is known for his funky style of wrestling and certainly not known for his boxing.

Ben Askren was also coming off of hip replacement surgery. However, he still took the boxing match and I gave him a chance. If you’re a fan of Ben Askren or just a fan of legitimate combat sports, last night couldn’t have gone worse.

In their boxing match, Jake Paul knocked out Ben Askren in the first round. After the fight was over, Paul continued to call out MMA fighters including Askren’s teammate and former UFC champion Tyron Woodley (19-7-1).

Would a boxing match happen?

Before last night’s boxing match, there was a run in backstage between Woodley and Paul’s team. Let’s get wrong thing out of the way and be very clear about this; Tyron Woodley is not Ben Askren.

Even with Woodley having lost his last four fights inside the octagon, he is a completely different animal. I guarantee that Tyron Woodley packs a bigger punch than Jake Paul does and for that reason, I can’t see Paul accepting a boxing match with Woodley.

In reality, Jake Paul is likely going to look for another matchup against a pure grappler. Dylan Danis is likely going to be the choice or someone like that. Not someone who poses a seriously threat on the feet.

I’ll give Jake Paul credit for taking boxing seriously in terms of his preparation. However, last night does nothing in terms of earning respect in the combat sports world. He beat arguably the worst MMA striker of all time who was retired and coming off hip surgery.

Yes, you still have to go out and perform which is what Jake Paul did. However, if he wants true boxing respect, he needs to box someone that actually poses a threat. Tyron Woodley would be that opponent, but I can’t see Jake Paul taking the fight.

After his win at UFC 260, what’s next for Vicente Luque?

This past Saturday at UFC 260, Vicente Luque (20-7-1) had a massive opportunity in the co-main event of the evening. Luque got the chance to take on former welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley (19-7-1).

Entering UFC 260, Luque was 12-2 in his last fourteen fights inside the octagon. The only losses in that stretch were to Leon Edwards and Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson.

Taking on a former UFC champion gave Luque the opportunity to get the biggest win of his career and he didn’t let it pass him by. Tyron Woodley has been extremely passive over his last few fights.

The former welterweight champion just seemed zoned out and as a result, he was dominated in three straight fights. On Saturday night, his back was against the wall and he fought like it.

Instead of moving immediately backwards, Woodley ran across the octagon and threw big shots. The former UFC champion was desperate for a win and you could tell. However, Luque remained calm during the storm.

Late in the round, Woodley landed a massive shot that seemingly buckled Luque. However, Woodley came in wild and Luque was able to land an even bigger shot that completely rocked the former champion.

The fight didn’t last long after that. Luque continued to hurt Woodley which forced the former champion to shoot for a takedown. It was a sloppy attempt and it allowed Luque to lock up a choke and get the massive win at UFC 260.

What’s next after UFC 260?

With his win on Saturday night, Luque jumped up to the sixth spot in the updated UFC rankings. After the fight was over, Luque called for a fight with Nate Diaz. This is the second straight fight he’s done this.

However, he’s not going to get that fight. Last night, it was announced that Diaz would be fighting Leon Edwards at UFC 262. With that, Vicente Luque is going to have to look at different options.

To me, there is a perfect opponent right next to him in the rankings. The perfect opponent for Luque next is Michael Chiesa (18-4). Chiesa is unbeaten at welterweight and whoever were to win that potential matchup would be ready for a title eliminator.

After losing his fourth straight at UFC 260, what’s next for Tyron Woodley?

This past Saturday at UFC 260, Tyron Woodley (19-7-1) was looking to snap his losing streak. The former welterweight champion took on Vicente Luque (20-7-1) in the co-main event.

A couple of years ago, Woodley looked like he could retire as the UFC welterweight champion. He had dynamite in his hands and his wrestling ability made him a nightmare matchup for anyone in the division.

However, something drastically changed. Starting with the Kamaru Usman fight, Woodley just appeared lost in the octagon. Entering UFC 260, Woodley had lost three fights in a row and didn’t win a single round.

There seemed to be no urgency from the former champion and he just looked lost. However, that is not what happened on Saturday night. Woodley immediately ran to start the fight with a massive right hand.

The former UFC champion was extremely aggressive and he was looking for a finish. Woodley landed a massive shut that buckled the legs of Luque and he went in for the kill. However, he left himself open for counters and Luque landed an even bigger shot.

Woodley looked out on his feet and Luque took advantage. The former UFC champion shot in for a sloppy takedown when he was out of and Luque locked up a choke to get the first round finish. Tyron Woodley has gone from one of the best in the world to losing four straight.

What’s next after UFC 260?

The one thing we know for sure is that Woodley’s UFC career is over after Saturday night. UFC 260 was the final fight on Woodley’s contract with the promotion and I cannot see any scenario where they would resign him.

The promotion has had their issues with Woodley and with him having lost four in a row, they will let him walk. I was very encouraged by what I saw in terms of the urgency from Woodley on Saturday night.

Yes, he lost in the first round. However, that was the best version of Tyron Woodley I’ve seen since his Darren Till title defense. So, where does the former UFC champion go from here?

I think there are likely two options. He is either going to retire or he’s going to Bellator. Woodley already has a relationship with Scott Coker from his Strikeforce days and I could see there being mutual interest.

Something tells me that Woodley doesn’t want to go out on his performance at UFC 260. I think the former world champion is going to want to go out with a victory. That could very well come in Bellator if he decides to keep fighting.

Vicente Luque submits Tyron Woodley in the first at UFC 260

In the co-main event of UFC 260, we saw former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley (19-6-1) take on Vicente Luque (19-7-1). Both of these welterweights were looking to use this fight to shoot them towards the top five.

We have seen a drastic fall from UFC grace when it comes to Tyron Woodley. Just a couple of years ago, Woodley looked like a welterweight champion that had the potential to retire with the belt.

However, things have snowballed terribly for the former champion. First, he was dominated by Kamaru Usman to lose the title. Then, he was dominated in back-to-back fights against Gilbert Burns and Colby Covington.

Woodley hasn’t even won a round since his title defense against Darren Till back at UFC 228. Things were not going to get any easier for him tonight in taking on the dangerous Vicente Luque.

Luque has only lost twice in his last fourteen fights. Both of those losses came against top contenders, Stephen Thompson and Leon Edwards. Luque appears to be a dangerous contender in the UFC’s welterweight division and he was looking to use tonight to catapult himself into contention.

UFC 260 Recap

Round 1

The UFC 260 co-main event starts with Woodley running straight forward and trying to land a massive right hand. He chained that immediately into a takedown attempt, but Luque defended well and reversed the position.

Luque started to go to work with shoulders and knees in the clinch against the fence. Good knees to the thighs were landing for Luque. Woodley reverses the position and the two separate.

Woodley lands some big shots, but Luque took them well. The two come back together and clinch in the center of the octagon. Luque pushes Woodley back against the fence and starts working his clinch strikes.

Heavy pressure against the fence from Luque. However, the former UFC champion is able to separate. A massive shot wobbles Luque badly. Woodley pushes forward and tries to finish, but Luque then lands an even bigger shot.

Woodley looks out on his feet. Luque follows up with some big shots, but Woodley fires back. Woodley is completely out of it and shoots for a takedown. Luque locks up a d’arce choke and Woodley has to tap. Crazy fight and a huge win for Vicente Luque.

Vicente Luque def. Tyron Woodley by d’arce choke – Round 1