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UFC veteran wants in on Jake Paul's million-dollar sparring challenge

Paddy Pimblett believes that not all of Jake Paul's professional boxing matches have been fair.

When asked about Paul and the YouTube boxing scene in general, Pimblett, who will compete against Jared Gordon in the co-main event of UFC 282, which takes place on December 10 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, said that while he believes Paul is trying to take the competition seriously, "The Baddy" is not sure if Paul's outcomes haven't been a little pre-planned.

“They are a gang of idiots,” Pimblett said on Pub Talk. “I’ll give Jake Paul his due now, he’s training [so] much that he probably could beat professional boxers. He’s got unlimited funds and he hasn’t got to do anything else. He hasn’t got to go do a job; all he’s got to do is box. He gets the best coaches in, he gets the best nutritionists in, and stuff like that."

“Jake Paul is actually not that bad now, even though I think his fights are fixed.”

Jake Paul, a popular YouTuber who now competes as a boxer, has defeated everyone who has stood in his way, including mixed martial arts legends Tyron Woodley and Anderson Silva.

Many critics claim that his clashes are fixed as a result of his unmatched dominance. Paul recently responded to Paddy Pimblett of the UFC's lightweight division who claimed that Silva's matchup with him was fixed.

Paul challenged Pimblett to a duel and offered to give him a million dollars if he won. The United Fighters Association, Paul's newly formed union for professional fighters, would require 'The Baddy' to join if he were to lose, and he would need his assistance in recruiting British fighters for getting better pay, benefits, and more.

After accepting Paul's challenge, Pimblett called him to Las Vegas to make it happen.

“Come to the [UFC Performance Institute] next week and bring $1 million in a bag and I will spar with you,” Pimblett told TMZ.

“I’m in the PI in Vegas on Thursday. I land on Thursday, so even though I’m low on calories and I’m only about 170 — he likes picking on smaller people anyway — but if he wants to wait until after my fight — until the Monday because I’m still in Vegas until Tuesday [after UFC 282], and I’m about 185, 190 pounds, I’m game.”

On Wednesday morning, Paul replied:

Currently 3-0 with three finishes in the UFC, Pimblett will enter the octagon against his biggest test to date at the promotion's final pay-per-view event of 2022.

Pimblett is more concerned with increasing his account balance than a specific opponent when it comes to a future chance to compete against a YouTube or social media boxer.

“[I’ll fight] any of them, it’s an easy payday,” Pimblett said. “I don’t want to box any of them, I don’t care about them. I do this proper and professionally against some of the best fighters in the world. But if any of them want to pay me millions of pounds to beat them up, I’m all for it.”


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