“UFC Is Not Paying You That”: Paddy Pimblett Accepts Jake Paul’s $1M Sparring Offer After British Star Was Accused of Disrespecting Anderson Silva

Afnan Chougle
|Published November 30, 2022

Jake Paul, the YouTuber turned professional boxer, has made a name for himself in the MMA industry by fighting some notable athletes in the combat world. One after the other, the Ohio-based boxer is going after elite names in the UFC.

Thus, Paul often beefs with some big stars in the promotion, including Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor. Recently, ‘The Problem Child’ got into a war of words with a surging lightweight contender Paddy Pimblett. Paul wanted to take their beef beyond the internet and inside a boxing ring.

What was Jake Paul’s challenge and how did Paddy Pimblett respond?

Initially, the UFC lightweight star criticized Paul’s eight-round boxing match with former UFC champion Anderson Silva, which the YouTube star won. He also billed the fight as rigged. Subsequently, Paul made a video bashing the UFC star and also had a challenge for him.

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‘The Problem Child’ called the British UFC star to Puerto Rico for a three to five-round boxing spar with him. Paul also added that if Pimblett wins, he will reward him with $1 million.

While talking about the figure, Paul said, “which is what you deserve to get paid, Paddy. You know it, but the UFC is not paying you that. You deserve to get paid more.” However, if ‘The Baddy’ losses, he will have to join Paul’s United Fighters Association (UFA), a union for combat athletes.

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Following that, ‘The Baddy’ accepted Paul’s offer in a TMZ interview. However, he had a condition. The Brit is competing in the co-main event of UFC 282 in Las Vegas this month. Thus, he called Paul at UFC PI in Vegas for the sparring challenge.

How would Pimblett fare against Paul in the sparring session?

Despite having a good resume in boxing, the Ohio native is often criticized for his choice of opponents. Although Pimblett is a stunning fighter, the Brit hails from a grappling background.

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Additionally, Pimblett is physically smaller than the Youtuber turned boxer. Also, Paul has drastically improved his boxing, as seen in his recent fights. Thus, the UFC star might face some complications against Paul. However, it remains to be seen if this challenge actually comes to fruition.

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Afnan Chougle

Afnan Chougle

Afnan Chougle is a UFC author and content manager at The SportsRush. Afnan has written over 900 articles about combat sports before joining The SportsRush. He has now worked in the industry for over two years. He uses his expertise and enthusiasm to advance his professional career and offers insightful commentary on anything related to combat sports. Since UFC 229, Khabib Nurmagomedov fan Afnan has faithfully followed MMA. Besides "The Eagle," Muhammad Ali is his favorite athlete. Apart from his professional exploits as a UFC journalist, Afnan enjoys honing his skills as an amateur actor/boxer and loves going on occasional treks.

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