Following the great success inside a boxing ring celebrity boxer Jake Paul is planning to start a career in the world of mixed martial arts. The Problem Child has expressed his interest in MMA since he fought the former UFC welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley. With the beef with UFC president Dana White ongoing, it is unlikely he would be joining the promotion even for a one off contract.
Recently the CEO of Professional Fighters League (PFL) Peter Murray said that Jake Paul would actually be fighting for his promotion in the future. In a recent interview with MMA Junkie, Murray revealed that Jake Paul fighting for PFL is a serious possibility.
“Hey, listen, you know, if any major athlete that is considering and wants to get into MMA, of course, the PFL is in the conversation,” said Murray.
“What the PFL is about is offering fighters opportunities and fans access to great events. Jake has certainly got a large global following. He’s got a strong point of view. He’s a real athlete, and he’s established himself in boxing. And, you know, if he’s looking at MMA as that next opportunity in parallel, perhaps with boxing, of course, we’re going to have a conversation,” Murray added.
PFL has been around for just five years and is still growing. The promotion was founded in 2018 and is the first major MMA organization in which individual athletes compete in a regular season, post-season, and championship, rather than on a year-round basis. What many might not remember is that PFL came to be – after World Series Of Fighting disbanded and rebranded. WSOF had its own share of controversy.
The promotion is surely still growing. The structure of PFL with a season and a play off might not be something that plays to Paul’s strengths however. Besides that PFL is almost certainly not anywhere near being profitable at the moment.
The 24-year-old American is rumored to be on hiatus from the boxing ring. Paul is aiming for a 10 fight boxing career culminating with a multimillion clash with McGregor.