Conor McGregor feels Jake Paul isn’t worthy of a fight with him in the ring or Octagon.
When you make a callout of Conor McGregor — especially when you talk about doing business — you’re surely going to get a response one way or another.
Unfortunately for Jake Paul, maybe it wasn’t the kind of response he wanted.
During an appearance on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, Paul was asked about the possibility of a fight with McGregor becoming a reality. The Internet celebrity has made challenges to the former UFC two-division champion since the start of his time in boxing a couple of years ago.
“I think, for me, fighting a couple of more times, contniuing to knock some people out and he has to get active again [before a fight between the two can happen],” Paul told Helwani. “Who knows when that’s going to happen?
“I think those two things need to happen, and then at some point it’s got to happen. Why not? He’s a buisnessman. I’m a businessman. That’s $75-100 million for both of us.”
Conor McGregor derides Jake Paul and the idea of the two of them fighting
McGregor wouldn’t deny a payday if he felt a fight was worth it, but it appears he thinks this one ain’t it.
Upon seeing the footage of the younger Paul brother’s comments with Helwani, McGregor — in a pair of tweets — laughed off the idea of a bout between the two.
😂 you’ve 2 fights and done 70k buys.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) July 11, 2022
After an amateur boxing win in 2018 over Deji Olatunji — as part of the undercard of KSI vs. Logan Paul, Jake’s brother —‚Jake Paul turned pro in 2020 with knockouts of fellow YouTuber AnEsonGib and former NBA star Nate Robinson.
In 2021, Paul would gain more momentum in the boxing world with a knockout over Ben Askren and a pair of wins over former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley — one by split decision and one by knockout.
Paul will fight Hasim Rahman Jr. on August 6 — a bout that was originally scheduled to be Paul vs. Tommy Fury before travel issues forced Fury out of the fight.
McGregor last fought at UFC 264 last year, losing a trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier after breaking his leg in the opening round. McGregor has fought just four times since becoming the UFC’s first champ-champ in November 2016 — counting just UFC fights and not the Mayweather vs. McGregor boxing match of 2017 — going 1-3.