If you’ve been a long-time combat sports fan, then it’s probably come as a huge surprise to you that YouTubers and social media influencers who air manufactured grudges in order to promote pay-per-views have monetarily dominated the professional fighting landscape in the last few years.
News recently struck that Floyd Mayweather will be boxing with Logan Paul and now the other brother of Paul, Jake, is trying to secure a fight against Conor McGregor.
Jake Paul’s Trash Talk Of Conor McGregor Contained Jibes Aimed At The Wife Of The Former UFC Champion.
It’s hard to argue, when it comes to combat sports, that Conor McGregor is one of the biggest stars in the world. He headlined five of the UFC’s top 10 pay-per-view best-selling cards, and the cards he headlined sold a whopping 9,624,000 units (approximately).
A war between Jake and Conor will probably sell well, judging by the amount of PPV sales that the Paul brothers have moved on their respective bouts despite battling unranked opponents and displaying fighting abilities many pros have scoffed at.
In his call out, Jake also stated that he and his team offered $50 million to Conor McGregor for the fight and accused the Irishman of being “scared.” He also said that fighting Dustin Poirier was pathetic for him, and his own dog had more followers on Instagram than the pro boxer.
What followed was an intense social media vs. reality debate, with many people hoping that Conor would take the battle to “teach Jake Paul”
What is being done by the Paul brothers is not something new.
Watch the video of Jake Paul calling out Connor McGregor on Twitter by clicking on the link below:
It is one of the oldest tactics in professional sports and is referred to as “turning heel” in the pro-wrestling world. In order to sell pay-per-views, Floyd Mayweather himself offers certain heel characteristics.
The long-awaited fight between Floyd and Manny Pacquiao was the highest selling boxing event of all time, a pugilist many said Floyd had purposely avoided for years and only fought when he was past his prime.
With his normal, defensive, counter-punching style, Floyd won the uneventful bout. His “technical” victory echoes the Paul brothers’ “technical” success, in that while they are incredibly wealthy, according to their harshest critics on social media, there are few people who would ever want to voluntarily give birth to someone who behaves like that on a daily basis.
Click on the link below to see Team Hollaway’s response on Twitter to Jake Paul wanting to fight Connor McGregor:
— Jake Paul (@jakepaul) December 14, 2020
Many also took umbrage at the fact that in the post, Jake involved Conor’s wife, Dee Devlin, saying that “he could do better,” as well as accusing Conor of being afraid of losing to a YouTuber.
Here’s another response from Wudan Master on Twitter about Jake Paul wanting to fight Connor McGregor:
I will fight you.
— Wudan Master (@OfWudan) December 15, 2020
Personally, if I were Conor, I would take the fight on the stipulation that the winner takes the purse and all percentages of the PPV, leaving the loser without any money from the fight, and that he and his brother would have to leave social media forever.
“What’s the matter, Jake? Think you’re going to lose? I’ll forfeit everything and go off social media if I lose. What about you? You see, that’s the difference between Instagram and reality folks.”
Naturally, Jake Paul is also bigger than Conor and has a high school history of wrestling, so why not make it an MMA match too? Or turn from round to round rules?
Jake extended his smack talking out in public to Conor’s teammate, jiu-jitsu ace Dillon Danis, and many assume this is the real battle he’s going to get. More than likely, Conor would knock Jake out very quickly, but a straight-up boxing match between Jake and Dillon might be a closer affair.
Conor McGregor Hasn’t Yet Responded To Jake Paul’s Comments, But Dana White Did And It’s Pretty Unbelievable.
Jake kept telling Conor and Dana White that they’re scared to set up the fight, to which Dana responded, “I’m thinking of letting Amanda Nunes knock his ass out.”
Amanda Nunes is an absolute savage fighter and one of the most dominant women’s champions the UFC has ever seen, for those who are unfamiliar.
She frequently trains with male team members and is one of the game’s most respected pugilists as well. Against Jake Paul, she might have a size disadvantage, but my money would be on Amanda all day long. Obviously, that will never happen, and many fans of the sport are hoping that the upcoming fight between Paul and McGregor will have the same fate, as this has nothing to do with sport, and all to do with showmanship.
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