The sweepstakes to stand across from Jake Paul have grown exponentially in the last few days, and it seems like another star from the world of MMA will be the biggest fight possible.
How can you blame the combat sports world? After Ben Askren pocketed at minimum $500k in coming out of retirement against a 2-0 boxer, it only makes sense that everyone within striking distance of Jake Paul’s weight class threw their hat in the ring for a shot at a payday and the chance to play the foil against boxing’s latest bad boy.
There are two things to keep in mind. First, Paul has plenty of options that don’t involve a current MMA fighter at all. Burgeoning 5-0 professional Tommy Fury, the younger brother of heavyweight boxing superstar Tyson Fury, stands out as a perfect example of a boxer who is a frontrunner for the next fight. Secondly, promoters who have a candidate to face Paul now see how lucrative the events are and may seek a piece of the pie before loaning one of their assets to the spectacle. This could well affect negotiations that before now have been easy.
For now, let’s look at the top options from the world of MMA who have the best chance at booking a payday against Jake Paul.