“It’s Bad What’s Happening To These Dudes” | Jake Paul Names Top Five Next Opponents

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On the heels of Jake Paul knocking out Tyron Woodley in highlight-reel style in the sixth round, Paul took to social media to announce his following five targets.

Some nonsensical and some attainable, Paul is audaciously continuing his trek through the troll sector of the boxing business. Paul make a top-five list of dream opponents.

My boxing bucket list:

1) Canelo Alvarez
2) Floyd Mayweather
3) Mike Tyson
4) Tyson Furry
5) Dana White

Coming For Dana

Surprisingly, four of the five are actual boxers, all legends in their own right. However, Paul also took his online beef against UFC President Dana White.

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Immediately after his win against Woodley, Paul came straight for White and MMA fighters.

“I just knocked out a five-time UFC champion and embarrassed your whole company,” Paul said. “And please, please let me get Kamaru Usman, please let me get Diaz, please let me get Masvidal, please let me get McGregor. Because I’m gonna embarrass them, too. I promise you that, Dana. I promise you that.”

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The Troll Game

Both Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal attended the fight at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida. However, neither one made Paul’s hit list, but Dana White, the man who controls their professional athletic careers, did.

Paul offered Masvidal an impromptu fight, which turned out to be more of an empty promise with White having to OK Masvidal’s combat career while under an expansive UFC contract.

“Masvidal is like, ‘I only fight the best people or I fight for money, and you’re neither one of those,'” said Paul during the post-fight press conference. “Masvidal, I’ve got an offer for you right now: $5 million guarantee, plus percentage of pay-per-views.”

Masvidal Bucks Back

Masvidal tweeted a video response to Paul.

“You can’t f**king afford me,” Masvidal said. “Me and those other names you mentioned, you can’t fucking afford. … I’ll tell you a little secret: I fight for money, or I fight the best in the world. You’re neither.”

Paul is keeping the target on Dana White’s back, but the odds of them fighting are slim to none. With Mayweather and Tyson retired except for exhibition bouts, and Tyson Fury a heavyweight, Canelo Alvarez seems more attainable, if only wishful thinking.

For sure, other former UFC champions are taking notice of Paul’s KO spree and shaking their heads at the results.

Cormier’s Take

Former UFC champ-champ and current UFC color commentator Daniel Cormier expressed his opinion on Jake Paul’s tear through former MMA champions.

“T-Wood’s my boy, I love T-Wood,” Cormier told ESPN. “That was not good; that’s a bad look. And you know what’s worse? The after.

“I don’t know what T-Wood’s doing on social media. He posts the knockout, he makes a contest about it. It’s like Jake Paul is beating these dudes so bad that they start to make fun of themselves.”

“My biggest issue is these guys go in there to fight this dude, they lose to him,” Cormier said. “Ben Askren was immediately almost making fun of himself. It’s almost like you’re so embarrassed that you lost to the Disney kid or the YouTuber that you start to almost become self-depreciating [sic]. It’s bad. It’s bad what’s happening to these dudes.”


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Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.