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Retired UFC contender Donald Cerrone thinks Jake Paul is legit, open to 'big money fight'



From UFC President to any UFC fighter linked with a potential fight against Jake Paul, everyone doubts the legitimacy of the boxing career of The YouTube star. But the UFC veteran Donald Cerrone was found giving his views in favor of Jake Paul.


Cerrone, a UFC icon and anticipated Hall of Famer, has been in existence long enough to have witnessed the ascent of numerous talents who were once thought to be nothing but buzz. The American faced one of the greatest pay-per-view sellers for UFC, Conor McGregor, at UFC 246 back in 2020 when the Irishman was making a comeback after 2 years following the biggest defeat against Khabib Nurmagomedov. Although Cerrone lost to McGregor in just 40 seconds, the main event recorded good figures for the promotion.


"Cowboy" notices several commonalities between Jake Paul and Conor McGregor. Instead of disparaging the YouTube sensation, "Cowboy" has received praise for his boxing accomplishments, which include victories against Anderson Silva, Tyron Woodley, and Ben Askren.


“The Jake Paul phenomenon is kind of crazy, it’s gotten everybody calling him out and it’s kind of like the big Conor [McGregor] push [from early in McGregor’s career]. That’s what I feel like is happening with Jake Paul,” Cerrone recently told Thiccc Boi.

“Everyone is wanting to fight him, and I don’t see why they wouldn’t because that’s a big money fight. But you can’t take away [his wins]. Like everyone is saying those are like rigged fights — I think he’s hitting hard. You know what I mean? I really do think those are legitimate shots and strikes, and he’s been practicing boxing and [the results] are showing he’s whooping their asses.


“So I don’t think there’s any mis-hype. I think he’s got something going on there.”


After losing by submission to Jim Miller at UFC 276 in July 2022, Cerrone decided to bid his farewell to the combat sport. Carrying the company records for fights, wins, finishes, bonuses, and more, He was a fan favorite of his era and was among the most experienced athletes not to earn a UFC title.


However, after witnessing Paul knock out ex-MMA champs like Silva, Tyron Woodley, and Ben Askren in the boxing ring, Cerrone expressed his desire to make some money if he is offered a fight with Jake Paul.


“Would I like to fight him? F***, of course,” Cerrone said. “How could I say no to f****** millions of dollars. So I would definitely go out there and do it.


“But I’m not sitting over here and saying, ‘Jake, you’re a f****** YouTuber, ain’t worth a f***.’ Nah, man. You’re making money. Make the f****** money. And if you want to throw some of that money my way, I’m with you.”


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