Report: Jake Paul to Box Former UFC Champion Tyron Woodley on Aug 28

Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley
Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley Credit: Fite and Jeff Botari/Zuffa

Jake Paul’s next fight will be up against another star from the world of MMA as he is set to face former UFC champion Tyron Woodley on August 28.

Jake Paul’s assault on the world of MMA continues.  Mike Coppinger for The Atheltic reports that the YouTuber turned pugilist will be returning to the ring against former UFC champion Tyron Woodley.

UPDATE: Ariel Helwani of ESPN confirms that the bout will take place on August 28.

The two are expected to announce the match during the Floyd Mayweather vs Logan Paul fight week festivities in Miami this Friday.

Jake Paul has helped to usher in a new wave of interest in celebrity boxing after two high profile bouts that dominated the conversation in combat sports.  In conjunction with new promotion Triller, Paul’s bouts with former NBA Slam Dunk champion Nate Robinson and more recently against former Bellator and ONE champion Ben Askren delivered great numbers and impressions on social media for the YouTuber who already boasted millions of followers across several platforms before ever stepping into the ring.

Tyron Woodley will be competing for the first time since being released by the UFC following a fourth consecutive loss.  “The Chosen One” was at the top of the mixed martial arts world in 2019 after defending the UFC welterweight title three times.  Woodley subsequently lost the belt to current champion Kamaru Usman and has suffered consecutive losses to Gilbert Burns, Colby Covington, and Vicente Luque since then.  The loss to Luque this past March was the last of fight on his UFC contract.

Recently, it was announced that Paul had signed an exclusive deal for his next fight to be broadcast with Showtime Sports which has a history of hosting huge events with names like Manny Pacquiao, Canelo Alvarez, and more.  Notably, Showtime has long been the broadcast partner for Floyd Mayweather’s fights and they are set to be his partner again this Sunday for his exhibition match with Paul’s older brother Logan.