Jake Paul has been told that his boxing career is "done" after announcing an MMA deal which will see him make his debut.
The YouTube star has generated a huge profile in combat sports which has largely been down to his six professional wins in the boxing ring over the likes of Anderson Silva and Tyron Woodley. Paul announced earlier this week that he had signed an agreement with MMA promotion PFL where he will make his debut in the cage as part of their new 'super fight' division.
It is expected that the star will first continue his boxing journey before considering any fighting switch to MMA, which could include a fight with Tommy Fury. However UFC legend Michael Bisping has claimed Paul may have realised his stint in the boxing ring is losing traction after the underwhelming numbers for his pay-per-view clash with Silva.
"i'm not being a hater but this makes me beg the question, his second fight with Tyron Woodley and Anderson Silva didn't do very well from what I hear," Bisping said on his Believe You Me podcast when discussing Paul's signature with the PFL. "That would suggest that the whole experiment and avenue is done. Who else can you get? Anderson Silva is a pretty big name.
"If you can't pull with him then it's over unless you start taking on legitimate boxers which is what he doesn't want to do. So now let's do a U-turn and go down this avenue and sign with the PFL. Let's start a sub division and become a promoter, surely there is even a conflict of interest there. He is being a businessman and he is not taking hard challenges and trying to test himself."
Paul has explained as part of his PFL deal that he will also compete in boxing pay-per-view clashes within the division and does not intent to fight solely in the cage. Shortly after confirming his PFL contract, Paul has already proposed a two-fight deal to take on Nate Diaz in both boxing and MMA.
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"I've already disrupted boxing and now it's time to disrupt MMA," Paul told fans in a YouTube video announcing his signing with PFL. "I know this is such a tough sport and it's not going to be easy. But if I could do it in boxing, I could do it in MMA. I'm so dedicated to this that I offered Nate Diaz a two-fight deal.
"First, we box. Then six months later we fight MMA in the PFL 'smart cage' and lay it all on the line. If that's not balls, then I don't know what is. Nate Diaz, I'm down to fight you in your own damn sport. It's a two-fight deal, let's make this happen."