Conor McGregor dismisses ‘low-interest’ Jake Paul and Mike Tyson clash

MMA icon Conor McGregor finds himself perplexed by the intriguing matchmaking unfolding in the upcoming clash between Jake Paul and Mike Tyson. Expressing his surprise during an interview at the 2024 SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas, McGregor labeled the matchup as “strange.” He also confessed that his enthusiasm for the first Netflix live boxing event was notably “low.”

Sharing his thoughts, Conor McGregor commented: “Oh jeez, it’s a bit strange, you know. My interest is low. I don ‘t know. I don ‘t understand it. I wish well for Mike [Tyson].”

Despite initial skepticism surrounding the announcement, the combined promotional efforts from Paul, Tyson, and Netflix have dispelled uncertainties. However, several factors on paper raise substantial causes for concern.

As of the July 20 match date, Tyson will have celebrated his 58th birthday. This will make Jake Paul younger than Tyson by around 30 years. Fans have voiced unease over Tyson’s recent appearance in a wheelchair in 2022, indicating potential health concerns.

In the lead-up to his official cinematic debut in the Amazon Prime Video release of ‘Road House’ on March 21, Conor McGregor made a notable appearance at the 2024 SXSW Festival in Texas. This event serves as a nine-day celebration that converges technology, film, music, education, and culture.

McGregor graced the festival alongside ‘Road House’ star Jake Gyllenhaal for the film’s world premiere on March 8. The reboot of the 1989 classic ‘Road House’ takes a modern approach, looking into the life of a UFC competitor. Gyllenhaal assumes the lead role of Elwood Dalton, with McGregor portraying the character ‘Knox.’

Former UFC contender Jay Hieron also makes a cameo in the film, including a bout scene with Gyllenhaal. This was recorded at UFC 285 in Las Vegas. The blend of UFC action in a cinematic setting adds an extra layer of excitement for fans of both sports and entertainment.