Even though Jake Paul hasn't been hesitant about calling out the UFC roster, there is one guy he wouldn't want to face in a boxing battle.
Paul, who has defeated former MMA champions Ben Askren and Tyron Woodley through knockout, wants to box the likes of Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz, and Jorge Masvidal.
Paul, who weighs 195 pounds, was asked if he would box Israel Adesanya, the champion of the UFC middleweight division.
“He’s probably the only fighter in the UFC that I wouldn’t fight,” Paul said on “The Timbo Sugar Show” podcast. “He is tall as f*ck, and, bro, his striking – I mean, I think he’s arguably one of the best strikers, top three ever in the history of the sport. There are a lot of UFC fighters (I would fight). I think he is literally the only one who I wouldn’t fight.”
Paul, on the other hand, is keeping his fingers crossed that he and Diaz will finally square off soon. On September 10th, Diaz meets Khamzat Chimaev in the main event of UFC 279. This will be the final bout of Diaz's contract.
“Yeah, that’s gonna happen within the next two years for sure,” Paul said. “It’s huge, man. It’s getting closer and closer to being real, and finally the UFC got him the fight with Khamzat.”
'Me vs Nate will probably be at 180 and then it's like, 'OK, Jake Paul defeats Nate.'... Once that happens, Conor will eventually run out of excuses to avoid me.
Paul was supposed to face Hasim Rahman Jr. on August 6 at Madison Square Garden in New York, but the match was called off after Rahman repeatedly asked for the fight to be moved up in weight, as claimed by Most Valuable Promotions. The last time the YouTube star-turned-professional boxer was in action was in December, when he improved to 2-0 against Woodley with a knockout victory.