The Nigerian Nightmare Kamaru Usman sent the Street Jesus down to the canvas with a quick right hand that knocked him out in only the second round of the fight. This propelled Usman’s unbeaten streak to 14 in the UFC.
While the welterweight champ received heaps of praises from the MMA fraternity, Jake Paul saw this as an opportunity to call out Usman.
Challenge accepted.@USMAN84kg if your boss Dana gives you permission to box me and make more money than you ever have, let me know and we can lace them up. I promise it will be your biggest pay day.
— Jake Paul (@jakepaul) April 27, 2021
He invited Usman to enjoy the “biggest payday” of his career by facing him in a boxing contest.
DC and Paul face-off
Paul reacted after the UFC fighter’s comments on his heated argument with former UFC champ and ESPN commentator Daniel Cormier. Paul and Cormier were caught on camera, arguing with each other at UFC 261 until the security officials pulled DC away.
— Helen Yee (@HelenYeeSports) April 25, 2021
This caught the attention of several media outlets, including Usman who headlined the main event that night. In a post-fight interview, Usman called out Paul for not disrespecting DC.
“At the end of the day, that’s Daniel Cormier, one of the best to do this, and Jake Paul needs to put some respect on his name when he even speaks about DC,” the UFC champ said as quoted by MMA News.
“They’re not even in the same realm. and so that’s not something that I would even entertain. I wouldn’t even allow DC to even entertain that. DC, sit down, let me take care of that for you. Let me take care of that,” Usman added.
Money doesn’t entice the UFC champ
Paul interpreted Usman’s remarks as his willingness to fight him. However, Usman soon clarified that he’s not interested in taking on Paul since money doesn’t tempt him.
Keep making your money young man, and stay on that side. I ain’t no Disney kid and I don’t play fighting.
— KAMARU USMAN (@USMAN84kg) April 28, 2021
UFC President Dana White shares a similar stance. In a recent interview, White clarified that he will never back up one of the UFC fighters to box Paul. White was of the view that he doesn’t want anything to do with Paul and his “freak show”.
White added: “You’re getting me talking about this guy again. He’s getting handpicked opponents, and god knows what else is going on with that whole thing. There is a market for that. That’s not what I do. People want to see that, and it’s great, and this kid’s going to make a couple of bucks before this ride is over. It’s just not what I do.”
Paul steps up after Askren showdown
Not many people took Jake Paul’s boxing stint seriously until he knockout out former NBA star Nate Robinson in his second professional bout in November 2020. He was once again in the spotlight in April 2021 after thumping a professional fighter for the first time. Paul flattened Ben Askren with a first-round TKO.
Since the fight, Paul has been calling out several UFC stars to ditch the octagon for a boxing contest with him.