UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman is already fascinated by his subsequent struggle — and he’s eyeing Jake Paul as an opponent.
Simply two days after his knockout victory in opposition to Jorge Masvidal at UFC 261, Usman mentioned he’ll gladly “beat the s—t out” of Paul within the title of Daniel Cormier.
Cormier, a former UFC heavyweight and light-heavyweight champion, almost got here to blows with Paul throughout a confrontation at UFC 261 on Saturday in Jacksonville.
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“On the finish of the day that’s Daniel Cormier and Jake Paul must put some respect on his title… they’re not even in the identical realm… DC sit down, let me care for that for you, I’ll care for that,” Usman, 33, instructed TMZ on Monday, when requested about Paul and Cormier’s dispute — which led to Cormier later saying he’ll solely struggle Paul in a blended martial arts competitors at 205 kilos.
Usman additionally mentioned he’d relatively tackle Paul as a result of “proper now, these web guys are making extra noise” than the fighters in his personal division.
“I may struggle two extra instances this yr, however none of those guys have confirmed me something… If these guys don’t present me something, then perhaps I’ll go pull out certainly one of these guys who assume they may field, certainly one of these web guys and beat the s–t out of them.”
Paul, who’s recognized for his outspoken character on the web and within the ring, is 3-0 in his skilled boxing profession. His first two wins got here in opposition to fellow YouTuber AnEsonGib and former NBA participant Nate Robinson — who has since been pushing for an expensive rematch with Paul. Most just lately, he handily beat ex-MMA fighter Ben Askren in a boxing match.
“Problem accepted,” Paul tweeted. “@USMAN84kg in case your boss Dana provides you permission to field me and earn more money than you ever have, let me know and we are able to lace them up. I promise it is going to be your greatest pay day.”
In the meantime, three of Usman’s final 4 fights resulted in KOs. If he desires a shot at Paul, he could have to get in line.
Rising boxing star Tommy Fury — the 21-year-old half brother of Tyson Fury — instructed TMZ on Monday, that he’s able to struggle Paul at any time when he “grows a pair” and truly accepts the problem.