UFC lightweight contender Dustin Poirier has offered a challenge to Jake Paul who is coming off a TKO win over Ben Askren and wants him to fight Mike Perry next.
Paul has won all three of his boxing fights thus far, though they’ve all been scheduled against non-boxing celebrities. First, he defeated YouTuber Ali Eson Gib by first-round TKO. In his sophomore outing, Paul faceplanted former NBA star Nate Robinson in Round 2. The vicious knockout went viral. Paul’s TKO of Askren on Saturday was the quickest finish of his professional boxing career.
After coming out of retirement and spending three months in training, the former Bellator and ONE champion didn’t even make it to the two-minute mark after Paul blasted him with a monstrous right hand in the opening round. Askren dropped to the canvas, and despite making it back to his feet before the 10-count was finished, the referee would not allow him to continue.
Right after Saturday’s knockout of Ben Askren at Triller Fight Club’s latest pay-per-view event, the YouTube star thinks the odds of a fight he’s long asked for actually happening increased substantially.
“We’ll see,” Jake told MMA Junkie after the fight. “There are a lot of people. But honestly, when it comes down to signing the contract, these guys duck. Honestly, we’ll see. The McGregor fight just became more realistic, like I’ve been saying. I just want to do big fights.”
Unlike some of his MMA counterparts, McGregor did not chime in on Paul’s performance. UFC legend B.J. Penn, Bellator welterweight Dillon Danis, and former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley were among those that did.
While he has options, he said he is only interested in “big fights” that present a “big challenge.” Whichever brings in the most money and makes the most sense will be what he pursues.
“I’m going to take some time off,” he said. “I’ve been working my f*cking ass off. I’m only going to do big fights. I want to challenge myself at the same time. Ben Askren was a step up. OK, look what happened (in) 1:59. We’ll see who the next big challenge is. I don’t want to take some bullsh*t sh*t. I want to challenge myself. I want to do 3 million, 4 million pay-per-view buys. Who’s going to bring in those numbers?”
Dustin Poirier wants Jake Paul to Fight Mike Perry next
The names such as Tyron Woodley, Dillon Danis, and Conor McGregor are some of the MMA fighters who have been suggested for a potential matchup with Paul. But if you ask Poirier, the fight that makes the most sense for him is to book Paul against UFC welterweight Mike Perry.
Taking to his social media, Poirier responded to a tweet from UFC commentator Jon Anik about who could potentially be next in line to fight Paul. If you ask Poirier, Perry is the guy.
I want to see Jake Paul vs Mike Perry! https://t.co/iLJZJQhmpR
— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) April 18, 2021
Perry makes a lot of sense as Paul’s next opponent for a few different reasons. For one, he is a standup fighter with previous professional boxing experience and of course, he has tons of MMA experience, as well. Although Perry is on the decline and has struggled in his last couple of fights, he is still a big name and he knows how to sell a fight. If Paul is interested and Perry is open to it, perhaps the UFC could come to some sort of agreement to make it happen.
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