Jake Paul signs with PFL: Social media star joins MMA league, reveals ‘PPV super fights’ division

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Jake Paul is heading to MMA. The social media star turned boxer now plans to take his talents to the cage as he announced he has signed with the Professional Fighters League on Thursday. Paul, 25, also said he was becoming a co-founder of the new “PPV super fight division” where fighters will earn at least a 50% revenue split from events.

Paul has a 6-0 record inside the boxing ring and said he still plans to continue that side of his career, but when he started in combat sports, his goal was to MMA residency. There is no timetable or date for Paul’s MMA debut.

Paul recently defeated Anderson Silva by decision in his last outing as he continues to take on former MMA stars. Now, he’s hoping to get one more star to agree to a deal, with a few caveats. Paul said in the video announcing his signature that he has offered Nate Diaz a two-fight contract – the first of which happened in the boxing ring and six months later in the MMA cage.

“I’ve proven myself in and out of the boxing ring and now I’m going to do the same in MMA, and there’s no end to the positive impact I can have.” take the sport,” said Paul in a statement. “I plan to enter the PFL SmartCage and once again show the world that anything is possible with hard work and dedication. -outside the cage, equal pay for fighters and advocacy for female fighters has been my passion, and I am in line with PFL. I believe in PFL, the mission, and what they have achieved in a very short time. That is why I chose to work with PFL only, both as a fighter and a businessman. , will encourage I regularly watch PFL fighters and invite top MMA fighters, both men and women, to join the PFL and get a payday inn as they have never been before. “

PFL co-founder Donn Davis told ESPN that Paul is signing a multi-year, multi-fight deal.

“I think what made Jake interesting to fans is that he works hard and he doesn’t underestimate what’s needed,” Davis told ESPN. “He knows is not ready [for his MMA debut] right now, but he’s starting to train. I think it will be about a year from now, as early as 2024, where you will see him take on his first opponent. But the type of opponents he is thinking of will surprise the world in terms of their stature and name brand. “

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