YouTube star JMX explains how close he came to facing Logan Paul in MMA

Logan Paul was exploring a move into mixed martial arts with British YouTuber Joel ‘JMX’ Morris as his first opponent before he faced Floyd Mayweather in front of a stadium in Miami.

Days after his brother, Jake Paul made his professional boxing debut in Miami, Paul met with Bellator CEO Scott Coker. His staff contacted JMX about a potential match. They first crossed paths at the DAZN pre-show for Jake’s fight with content creator AnEsonGib. However, the two never spoke again since the world was put on lockdown a few short weeks later due to the epidemic.

Instead, Paul went on to face Mayweather in an exhibition match. On the other hand, Morris decided to work more quietly on his company, get shoulder surgery, and participate in the reality series ‘Locked In’.

Now that everything has returned to normal, the bout may once again be on the table, given Paul’s continued interest in competing in MMA.

Morris told Mirror recently:

“He reached out to my team, there were discussions going on. And I don’t know if it was the pandemic or the fact that he decided he didn’t want the smoke, maybe something between those two.”

“Maybe it just didn’t make sense for him, but I’m sure there’s potential in the future if he wants to take the risk. That’s the end of the story, really.”

On Saturday night in Sheffield, Morris will will make his first appearance in the ring in four years against TikTok sensation Ginty.

Morris is nonetheless eager to square off against the elder Paul sibling. Morris said, “100%, MMA, boxing, anything he wants. I’m going to pick up a few more victories before going after it. He’s talking about facing Dillon Danis, which is a true test for him, in my opinion.”

“I’m down to get back in the cage, it’s just that at the moment, boxing is what’s popping off, that’s where the opportunities are, so I’m focusing on boxing.”

“But if someone like Logan Paul doesn’t want to box me and he feels more comfortable in a cage, then let’s shut the door in there and see what happens, I f***ing loved MMA, it was so much fun – it’s just not where the opportunities are right now!”